(Biddeford ME) Gordon defeated UNE, 2-0, in Commonwealth Coast Conference men’s soccer on a sunny/cloudy/windy Saturday afternoon.
This was a battle between undefeated (at home) UNE and undefeated Gordon.
Second half goals by seniors Andy Guthrie and Evan Crocker separated the Scots from the Nor’Easters (3-2-1).
Junior transfer Bruce Gerberich made his first start in net for Gordon and had a relatively quiet afternoon making only three saves.
Gordon (7-0) seems to have successfully reloaded after last season’s remarkable 19-3 record that included a CCC title and a win in post-season tourney play.
Plenty of newcomers dot the Scots roster and Coach Derek Potteiger wasn’t shy about using them. One GC fan told me afterwards, “I don’t even know who these new players are but every time one of them gets on the field you can tell right away that they can play.”
Gordon had three goals in the first thirteen minutes of the second half but only two of them counted. The uncounted one counted for a while before the officials reconvened and ruled rightly that Gordon (Daniel Perez) was offsides when an “own” goal was scored by UNE.
Evan Crocker’s rush down the left side into the box drew a penalty on UNE defender Scott Mitchell at the 49:49 mark.
Senior Andy Guthrie took the PK and drilled it past UNE goalie Aidan McParland. Andy is now 2-for-2 on penalty kicks.
Seven minutes later Goal #2 was disallowed by the Daniel Perez offsides.
Two minutes later Daniel Perez and Evan Crocker combined for a second goal that did count. Daniel broke from left to right into the middle and passed beautifully to Evan breaking in (again) from the left. Evan had time for a good look and was able to beat the UNE goalie with a low shot the goalie’s right. This was Evan’s second goal of the season.
Gordon dominated the final thirty-one minutes although UNE had several long shots that could have been dangerous but didn’t turn out that way.
I was impressed with Gordon’s short passing game. It was quick and it was accurate for the most part.
Defender Sammy Wilson also impressed me. The sophomore from Christian Heritage in Trumbull (CT) was usually the last defender in front of goalie Bruce Gerberich. Sammy decision making was excellent.
Gordon gets Eastern Connecticut next on Tuesday away. GC defeated EC in the post-season in 2013.
UNE will be playing at Bowdoin on the same day.
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