Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Game Recap: Red Riots Jump on Blazes, Hold On for Win

South Portland 3, Westbrook 1
Tuesday, September 17
George E. Martin Memorial Field, South Portland


The South Portland Red Riots (2-2) jumped out to a quick lead against the Westbrook Blue Blazes (3-1) in a SMAA contest Tuesday night and held on for a 3-1 win to end Westbrook's three-game winning streak.

Robert Graff opened the scoring for the Red Riots just ten minutes into the game, and South Portland added two more quick goals (Ahmed Souja in the 18th minute and Danny Fox in the 21st minute) before the Blue Blazes could recover.

"We had a tough, challenging game [last night] against Windham, so we were wary of a flat start to this one," Westbrook coach John C.L. Morgan said. "We barely survived the last twenty minutes of the first half, but I was encouraged by how well we responded in the second half. We controlled the ball 60% of the time, created quality scoring chances, and outscored them 1-0 in the last forty minutes. Unfortunately, we couldn't ultimately recover from [South Portland's] quick start."

Westbrook midfielder Luther Williams ('15) scored his third goal of the season in the 62nd minute on a Chadd Pelletier ('15) throw-in. Goalkeeper Austin Blake ('14) made six saves in the loss.

The Blue Blazes next play Gorham (3-1), who is coming off a 1-0 loss to Deering Tuesday night. South Portland travels to Noble (3-0) on Saturday.

Game Statistics

Shots on Goal:
SOPO- 9 (4 inside 18 yards)
WSBK- 4 (1 inside 18 yards)

Saves:
SOPO- 3
WSBK- 7

Corner Kicks:
SOPO- 6
WSBK- 4

Time of Possession:
SOPO- 46%
WSBK- 54%

Completed Passes:
SOPO-177
WSBK- 182

Pass Completion Percentage:
SOPO- 49%
WSBK- 50%

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater:
SOPO- 20
WSBK- 25

Longest Pass String:
SOPO- 10
WSBK- 8

Halftime:
SOPO- 3
WSBK- 0

Goals:
SOPO- Graff, Suja, Fox
WSBK- Williams

Assists:
SOPO- Fox, Cronin
WSBK- Pelletier

Saves:
SOPO- Curran, 3
WSBK- Blake, 6

Junior Varsity
SOPO- 3
WSBK- 0

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