Bulldogs get the better of Patriots on wet day

MANCHESTER — Through three games this year, the Mount Anthony and Burr and Burton boys soccer teams are about as even a match as you can possibly get in Vermont soccer.

Mount Anthony won the first matchup, a 1-0 victory in the championship of the John James Tournament. The teams tied in their recent league match, 100 minutes not able to separate the two.

On Monday, it was BBA's turn to be on the right end of the result, as the Bulldogs scored a 2-0 victory on a rainy, slick day at Taylor Field.

"We really like this field, it suits our style of play," said BBA coach Peter Mull. "I want to give a lot of credit to our back line, including Blake [Greene] and Nick [Plants]. They did a great job back there and Garren [Aberth] did nice work in goal. The back line keeps us in the game until we manage to poke one in."

MAU coach Mike Molloy was frustrated after the final whistle, displeased with his team's effort.

"When we don't show up, we're not good enough to just show up and win," Molloy said. "The better team on the field today won that game. They outworked us, they fought for the 50-50 balls, we did not. We let the ball bounce, they got it out of the air. It's just disappointing, because we didn't put in our best effort."

Neither team could find the goal-scoring formula early on, although both had chances that were either wide or turned away by Aberth or Mount Anthony keeper Dylan Woodside.

Burr and Burton broke through in the 72nd minute. Matt Mayne took a shot that Woodside stopped, but the rebound came out in front of the goal mouth, right to Oscar Loomis, who blasted it past a screened Woodside for the 1-0 lead.

"We want to get as many guys in the box as we can because that's what happens, no defense can keep it out forever if you have numbers in there and that was our goal," Mull said.

Molloy said he believed his goalie was screened on the shot.

"We didn't close or clear, which was par for the course," Molloy said. "Their best chances came on free kicks, because we didn't necessarily mark them. It was coming at that point."

BBA added an insurance goal in the final 75 seconds, when Ben Stewart, who had been moved to the back line for defensive purposes, made a run through the MAU defense and hit a lefty shot that beat Woodside.

"We had to move guys up, I'd rather lose 2-0 moving guys up [to score a goal] then 1-0 not trying," Molloy said.

BBA nearly scored 14 minutes in when off a set play, a Bulldog player had a clear shot at a header on goal but Chris Nolan was on the line able to head it back out. Moments later, Woodside came up big with a diving save on a Bennie Osnow shot.

Mount Anthony got some chances later in the first half. Matthew Glanovsky hit a free kick that ended up in the BBA penalty area, but none of the blue MAU shirts could get a touch toward the frame.

"We had some opportunities, if we could sneak on in against the run of play," Molloy said. "Our confidence is not good right now, we're not looking good. We have to figure it out."

In the second half, MAU had the first early chance, but Emiliano Salazar hit a shot just wide of the BBA net.

As the clock wore down, the Burr and Burton back line did a nice job of keeping the Patriots away from the front of the goal, forcing MAU's offensive players to be more outside and on the wing.

MAU is 6-4-1 on the year, while BBA improves to 5-3-2. The Bulldogs are 4-1-1 in their last six games.

"We have a big game against Rutland on Wednesday, we're still figuring stuff out," Molloy said. "At this point in the season, we're not supposed to be still figuring it out."


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