Chorlton scores four in Patriots win
BENNINGTON — Spinelli Field turned into David Chorlton's personal playground Thursday night when the Mount Anthony soccer team took on Burr and Burton in the opening round of the 50th annual John James Tournament.
The senior exchange student scored four times to pace the Patriots in a 5-1 win against the Bulldogs.
"We have one striker up top and he's got some ability. We're able to find him and feed him and he puts it away," said MAU coach Mike Molloy of Chorlton. "That's what you want from your striker."
Chorlton struck for his first goal with just under 30 minutes left in the first half and then added another just four minutes later. He added his third on a penalty kick midway through the second half, before finishing off the standout night with his fourth in the closing minutes of the game.
Randy Armstrong scored the other goal for MAU on the day.
While Chorlton was the offensive standout on Thursday night, his day wouldn't have been possible without the Patriots' play to set him up in the midfield.
In particular, senior Jeff Potter stood out in the midfield, completely controlling that part of the field and feeding Chorlton.
"Jeff Potter dominated the game in the midfield and David doesn't score unless Jeff does all the work," Molloy said. "That was Jeff's best game of the season even though he didn't score. He controlled the midfield as a single person out there."
Chorlton pointed to the play of his teammates in terms of what allowed him to have so much success Thursday night.
"Jeff Potter helped me a lot. Without players like him and others, this win wouldn't have been possible. It takes teamwork," Chorlton said.
While the score would make it seem like MAU was dominant throughout, that wasn't the case.
BBA did a great job of putting pressure on the Patriots backline and made goalkeeper Jack Rogge make saves all night long.
"First half, Jack was key and was in the right spots. I thought it was a 50-50 game at halftime. We're up 3-0 but not because we're dominating the game," Molloy said.
The Bulldogs scored their lone goal of the game midway through the second half when Oscar Loomis tallied a score.
Like any MAU-BBA game, Thursday's contest got physical and there was constant banter on the field.
There were multiple yellow cards given out on the day.
Bulldogs coach Pete Mull thought his team struggled to maintain their composure at times and that cost them.
"We had some nice plays and attacks on goal and got a little unlucky at times," Mull said. "We have some guys who are in their first year of soccer in a long time, so we're old, but inexperienced. This is a good experience for them to get some tough games in early."
MAU improves to 4-1 and plays Brattleboro in the tournament finals Saturday at 7 p.m. BBA falls to 0-3 and plays Arlington in the consolation game at 5 p.m. that day.
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