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Gordon routs Curry 5-1 in men’s soccer for sixth straight

Caleb Cole celebrates his goal versus Curry. Caleb also had an assist.

Caleb Cole celebrates his goal versus Curry. Caleb also had an assist.

(Wenham MA) It seemed as if the wind was to Gordon’s back both halves…………but it wasn’t.

The Scots (8-2) made the significant wind irrelevant defeating Curry, 5-1, in a men’s soccer game that wasn’t really that close.

The Colonels (10-2) came out a step slow and lost most of the 50/50 battles as Gordon entertained a sizable Homecoming crowd on a shivering Saturday afternoon.

How cold was it? At halftime many among the attendees, including my wife and I, checked into Winn Library………..and it wasn’t to check out any reading material!

The Scots found room to maneuver on the Curry side of the field frequently and were able to put tremendous pressure on the retreating Colonels’ defenders. GC had twenty-three shots in this game.

Two players you’ll see plenty of at a Gordon men’s soccer game are senior Evan Crocker and junior Caleb Cole. Both of them have the knack of coming out of crowds with the ball under control. Put them in one-on-one situations around the goal and trouble is being asked for.

In today’s sixth straight win, Evan and Caleb each cashed in on open spaces they worked into.

Caleb scored the first goal and assisted on the second.

Ball loose on the Curry doorstep turned into Tyler Modzeleski's first Gordon goal. Caleb Cole ($11) assisted from the left

Ball loose on the Curry doorstep turned into Tyler Modzeleski’s first Gordon goal. Caleb Cole (#11) assisted from the left

The second goal, by Tyler Modzeleski, was beautifully set up by Caleb. The GC junior came in from the left with no opening possible because of the positioning of the Curry GK and another defender. Caleb took a shot anyhow and the ball went on the ground between the goalie and two defenders to the front of the Curry net. The ball reached Tyler first with Ian Burkhart to his right. Tyler had one attempt at scoring and then another which went in. My picture shows the arms of Curry GK Dan Johnson as he tries to block the goal.

The best part of that goal was afterwards. Tyler sought out Caleb and congratulated him immediately for his assistance on freshman Tyler’s first GC goal.

Evan Crocker (2 goals) dribbles past Curry GK Dan Johnson and into an clear look at the Curry goal.

Evan Crocker (2 goals) dribbles past Curry GK Dan Johnson and into a clear look at the Curry goal.

Evan Crocker had Gordon’s next two goals. In the first one Evan dribbled past two defenders and then the goalie before releasing the shot into an open net.

Plenty to like in this game for the GC faithful. Six games left in the regular season including home matches October 10th and 21st with Eastern Nazarene and UNE.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Ian Burkhard (7) and Giancarlo Orsini (15)

Ian Burkhard (7) and Giancarlo Orsini (15)

Evan Crocker on the loose

Evan Crocker on the loose

Collin Surface

Collin Surface

Gaines Minton

Gaines Minton

Jerry Williams

Jerry Williams

Ben Lydick (9) and Ben Gradert (5)

Ben Lydick (9) and Ben Gradert (5)

GC goalie Josh Spooner

GC goalie Josh Spooner

Caleb Cole moves into shooting position

Caleb Cole moves into shooting position

Curry GK Dan Johnson

Curry GK Dan Johnson

Caleb Cole

Caleb Cole

Aaron Terjanian stretches for a ball in front of Roy Butlin

Aaron Terjanian stretches for a ball in front of Roy Butlin

Tyler Modzeleski with Ryan Madden in pursuit

Tyler Modzeleski with Ryan Madden in pursuit

clothing grab

clothing grab

Caleb Cole cuts past Giancarlo Orsini.

Caleb Cole cuts past Giancarlo Orsini.

 

 

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Gordon stays undefeated (seven straight) with 2-0 win over UNE in men’s soccer

Daniel Perez passes to Evan Crocker

Daniel Perez passes to Evan Crocker

Evan Crocker shoots

Evan Crocker shoots

Evan Crocker shot about to go past UNE goalie Aidan McParland

Evan Crocker shot about to go past UNE goalie Aidan McParland

Senior Andy Guthrie gets set for a penalty kick

Senior Andy Guthrie gets set for a penalty kick

(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 taken down by Scott Mitchell

Evan Crocker taken down by Scott Mitchell

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.

Daniel Perez offsides on near Gordon goal in the second half

Daniel Perez offsides on near Gordon goal in the second half

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.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Nathan Bilbie about to head

Nathan Bilbie about to head

Caleb Cole and Sean Goodrich

Caleb Cole and Sean Goodrich

Bruce Gerberich makes first start in GC goal

Bruce Gerberich makes first start in GC goal

Senior Adam King leaps to block a Caleb Cole pass

Senior Adam King leaps to block a Caleb Cole pass

Freshman Matt Jaeger looks to head

Freshman Matt Jaeger looks to head

Daniel Perez in close

Daniel Perez in close

Freshman Tim Andrassy (#4) looks to head

Freshman Tim Andrassy (#4) looks to head

action in front of the Gordon net

action in front of the Gordon net

Nathan Bilbie

Nathan Bilbie

Kristian Kasiguran surrounded by Tyler Garnick and Sean Goodrich

Kristian Kasiguran surrounded by Tyler Garnick and Sean Goodrich

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That’s nine straight for the Gordon men’s soccer team!

Andrew Vandervoort (two goals) lines up his first

Andrew Vandervoort (two goals) lines up his first

Bagpiper leads the Gordon team onto The Quad.

Bagpiper leads the Gordon team onto The Quad.

(Wenham MA) What’s not to like about this team?

The Gordon men’s soccer team continued on their undefeated roll by routing Eastern Nazarene, 6-1, on a sunny Saturday afternoon on The Quad.

The Scots (9-0) scored twice in the first ten minutes but then could not put the finishing touches on numerous chances the rest of the half.

It was one of those games in which one team dominates but only had two goals to show for it.  Right near the end of the half, junior Scott Hansen of the Lions got in on a breakaway but took time to upgrade his shot and lost a great chance.  A goal there and the lead would have been halved but it didn’t happen.

The Gordon pressure continued in the second half and senior Andrew Vandervoort connected twice, both on terrific feeds (Caleb Cole and Evan Crocker).  Andrew now has ten goals in the 2013 seaon.

ENC (1-8) got its lone goal off a penalty kick by freshman Jacob Mason.  David Egeler got whistled for a hard tackle to set up the PK with 14:51 remaining.

Grant Stevens (#24) moves in for a goal

Grant Stevens (#24) moves in for a goal

Two minutes later, freshman Grant Stevens registered his first GC goal off a feed from the right by fellow freshman Dan Perez.

Dan set up another freshman (Colten Corey) 2 ½ minutes later from about the same spot on the right.

First look for me at Gordon’s team.  Their passing skills were impressive.  They forced ENC to do a lot of chasing.

Evan Crocker (#8) passes past Jared Corbin (#24) setting up teammate Andrew Vandervoort for his 10th goal of the season

Evan Crocker (#8) passes past Jared Corbin (#24) setting up teammate Andrew Vandervoort for his 10th goal of the season

This is the only home game on The Quad for the team.  They are normally on the fast field at the Brigham Athletic Complex.

Good Homecoming crowd on hand although you have to wonder how many of the spectators, besides friends and family, know how well the Scots have started in 2013.

I would suggest that in a setting with a public address system the names of the goal scorers could be announced.

The Lions have lost four straight and things won’t get any easier.  Their next game is on October 5th at (8-2) Roger Williams.

Colten Corey (#12) heads home the second Gordon goal.

Colten Corey (#12) heads home the second Gordon goal.

How can you have reservations about Gordon’s 9-0 team?  I asked someone behind the ropes who had seen a number of their games that question.  They told me that the team is very good but that they hadn’t really faced the top competition yet.  My curiosity was aroused so I took a look at the nine teams the Scots have defeated.   Two of them (Umass Boston & Western New England) have winning records.  The overall record of the opponents is 30-44.

I think that some of the, “How good is this team?” questions will be answered in the next two games.  Both are on the road.  Lasell (7-1) is the opponent on Tuesday and Nichols (5-1-3) on Friday.

Freshman Aaron Terjanian gets a point-blank look

Freshman Aaron Terjanian gets a point-blank look

It was my first look at some terrific freshman that first-year coach Derek Potteiger has brought on board.  In this game, four of them (Caleb Cole, Colten Corey, Dan Perez, and Grant Stevens) made the scoresheet.

I am highly in favor of having the team led onto the field by a bagpiper.

Nothing more important happens, in my opinion, than the two teams gathering afterwards to pray.  It tells me that teams want it known that they are brothers in Christ.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

ENC goalie Jake Johnson robs Caleb Cole

ENC goalie Jake Johnson robs Caleb Cole

Caleb Cole heads for a loose ball in close

Caleb Cole heads for a loose ball in close

ENC junior Scott Hansen breaks in late in the half

ENC junior Scott Hansen breaks in late in the half

Dalton Weaner looks for someone to pass to

Dalton Weaner looks for someone to pass to

GC goalie Tim Hardy lines up a save in the air

GC goalie Tim Hardy lines up a save in the air

David Egeler

David Egeler

President Michael Lindsay attended the game

President Michael Lindsay attended the game

Jacob Mason - scored on a penalty kick

Jacob Mason – scored on a penalty kick

Chris Carlson

Chris Carlson

Colten Corey

Colten Corey

teams pray afterwards

teams pray afterwards

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