MT. ARARAT HIGH SCHOOL’S Ty Veno (13) battles with Brewer defender Carter Smith (6) for this loose ball during KVAC boys soccer action Saturday in Topsham.

MT. ARARAT HIGH SCHOOL’S Ty Veno (13) battles with Brewer defender Carter Smith (6) for this loose ball during KVAC boys soccer action Saturday in Topsham.

TOPSHAM

The Brewer High School boys soccer team came into Saturday’s Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference matchup with highly regarded Mt. Ararat a decided underdog.

However, someone forgot to tell the Witches.

Brewer battled the highflying Eagles through thick and thin, hustling for every inch before finally succumbing, 1-0.

Mt. Ararat improved to 8- 2-2 and goes to Hampden Academy next Saturday, while the Witches fell to 2-9.

Oh yes, the Eagles held a huge territorial edge to the tune of a 14-1 shots margin and 8-1 in corner kicks. Numerous shots flew high and wide as Mt. Ararat struggled to maintain its offensive flow.

And Brewer defenders like Ryan Gideon, Dan Vilasuso, Gehrig White, Greg Warmuth and Marcus Downs bottled up the hosts and led to some frustrating forays.

“They just weren’t ready to play, which is typical,” said Mt. Ararat coach Rick Renaud. “I’ll run the heck out of them … maybe they’ll respond to that.”

Mt. Ararat came out on fire, led by messengers Joe Thomas, Robbie Small, Griffin Stockford and Ty Veno and it took just 7:54 for the hosts to get on the board.

After a crossing volley from the left sideline, Small twirled and nailed a 20- yarder which froze Brewer goaltender Rece Baker.

With 13 minuets left, Small and Stockford also hooked up on a near miss.

Brewer’s defense bent on occasion and one near-goal was called back late in the half when Baker bobbled a save and had to lunge to his left to retrieve the errant ball in traffic.

Mt. Ararat had six firsthalf shots on net to the Witches’ zero, but the lead stayed at one.

In the second half the Eagles got away from what has made them successful by clogging the middle and not looking to the wings.

Meanwhile, Brewer packed it in, looking for the one small opening.

A beautiful Small header was called back with four minuets left on a offsides call and the Witches actually carried play down the homestretch, getting off one good chance which was cleared.

“We dominated, but we didn’t play all that well and I think it was because it was early in the morning (10 a.m.),” said Mt. Ararat’s Eric Knight. “And, I don’t think anybody came to play hard. It was like, ‘oh, it’s Brewer, an easy win,’ so we just laid back. They packed in the middle and we couldn’t get the endline at all. We thought we could go through everybody and then bring it outside, which didn’t end up happening and we lost it in the middle.

“We just didn’t come out to play as hard as we should’ve.”

Brewer is scheduled to host Hampden Academy on Tuesday.


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