NAPLES—Despite looking defensively solid for long stretches – and despite a noteworthy performance by goalkeeper CJ Ferguson – the Lakers couldn’t nearly keep pace with the visiting Falcons on Saturday morning, Sept. 8. Freeporter Will Winter hashed two goals on the day to lead his boys in walloping Lake Region to the tune of 9-0.
“We worked really hard for the first 30 minutes,” Lake Region head coach Ryan Harlow said. “That was probably our best soccer so far this year. And [Freeport’s] and incredible team – just looking at them in warmups. So we held our own for the first 30 minutes, which was great, and then had a couple bad goals.”
The Falcons notched a couple of points through the first half-hour, but didn’t really snap Lake Region’s back until, with 10:15 left to play before the break, they launched into a flurry of goals – a trio of them – all scored in two minutes flat. Cam Strong scored the first of the three on a centering feed from Eriksen Shea, Griffin Johnson scored the second just 70 seconds later and Winter scored the third less than a minute after that.
Winter scored his second of the morning with two minutes to play in the uphill half, and the Falcons took a 6-0 lead into the intermission.
Freeport put up three more in the second half. Winter finished with not just two goals, but also two assists on the day. Jake Dumont added a goal for the team, on a penalty kick; Gabe Wagner, Jesse Bennell and Liam Grogan all scored as well.
Freeport jumped to 2-0-1 with the win. The Falcons bested G-NG (at G-NG) 4-1 to begin their year, then battle to a 0-0 draw at home vs. Greely. They drop in on mighty Yarmouth on Sept. 11 before hosting York three days later.
The loss dropped Lake Region, meanwhile, to 0-2-1. The Lakers kicked off their schedule by tying St. Dominic on the Saints’ home turf; they then suffered a 2-1 loss, also on the road, to Poland. They travel to Fryeburg on Sept. 11, and host Sacopee Valley on the 14th.
Falcon Sam Tourigney heads a ball.
Owen Patrick settles a ball for the Falcons.
Shea Wagner crashes ahead for the Falcons.
Will Winter scored a pair of goals for the Falcons in their 9-0 win over the Lakers on Saturday.
Laker Logan Parsons and Falcon Bill Antoine collide.
Laker Oliver Attwood and Falcon Gabe Wagner go shoulder-to-shoulder in pursuit of the ball.
Freeport’s Gabe Wagner gets a cleat on an airborne ball.
Laker Nate Bragdon-Clement swoops in to clash with Falcon Liam Grogan.
Damon Butler shunts the ball ahead for Freeport.
Freeporter Bill Antoine jukes around a Lake Region opponent.
Falcon Sam Larochelle controls the ball near midfield.
Freeporter Jason D’Amico boots a ball away.
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— Adam Birt (@CurrentSportsME) September 11, 2018
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