Pen Bay U14 boys squad falls to Hampden in North Division finals
Hampden — The Penobscot Bay Soccer Club U14 boys team played its final game of the fall season Oct. 27, squaring off with the host Hampden Broncos at Reeds Brook Field in the North Division finals.
The Broncos (3-0), which also showcased exceptional players from outside the Hampden area, jumped to a 3-0 lead and held off a late rally by Pen Bay (1-2) to claim the division crown with a 3-2 victory.
The Broncos move on to the Final Four tournament Nov. 3.
"Hampden is one of the premier teams in the state and the squad draws players from as far away as Mount Desert Island and Ellsworth," said Pen Bay manager Alex Arau. "Many of these players are part of the Seacoast United Black Bear team, and have exceptional skills and discipline as players."
Carson Atherley and Tyler Welch provided the scoring for the Broncos, with Athlerley notching two goals and one assist and Welch one goal and two assists in the win. Richard Vokey had a goal and an assist to lead Pen Bay, while Kieran Lydon also creased the net in a losing effort.
Maddison Jordan made 10 saves on 17 shots in goal for Pen Bay in the second half. while Connor Davis made four saves on 12 shots in net in the first half for the locals.
Pen Bay opened in a 4-4-2 formation in an effort to draw the Bronco defense to the midfield, but the Broncos eventually began to dominate possession and creased the net 25 minutes into the contest when Welch found Atherley for the game's first score.
That duo collaborated again for Hampden in the second half when Welch settled an Atherley pass from across the goal mouth and beat Jordan to put the hosts up by two goals.
When Hampden took a 3-0 lead minutes later off a corner kick pass from Welch to Atherly, Pen Bay changed up their players, which paid dividends.
Pen Bay coach Richard Gross moved Vokey to striker and Vokey was tackled from behind in the box, which resulted in a penalty kick. Vokey calmly buried the kick to make the score 3-1.
Minutes later, Vokey found Lydon on a nice cross to beat the Hampden keeper to bring Pen Bay within one goal. However, the Bronco defense dug in their heels and held on for the win.
Zach Davis, Max Pushaw and Morgan Ford led the defensive and midfield efforts for Pen Bay, Arau said.
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