Mens Soccer vs. MCLA
By Jonas Joseph
This weekend was a crazy weekend of action on the pitch, as the men’s soccer team drew with the Trailblazers of MCLA.
The Bears jumped off to a quick 2-0 lead, as Conor Murtagh hit a beautiful header just six minutes into the game. The goal came after a well-connected shot into the box, which found Charlie Lawson, who then dished the ball to Murtagh, who finished the offensive drive with a point.
With that goal, Murtagh netted his seventh goal of the season, which leads the team. The dominance seemed to be apparent once the Bears struck again with another goal just eight minutes later. A pass from Murtagh found Lawson, who cranked a shot past the Trailblazers netminder for the 2-0 lead.
The game seemed to be going Bridgewater’s way until a foul was called, giving the Trailblazers a penalty kick. Trailblazer Anthony Basile rocketed the ball past Bears’ keeper Colin Jepson in the 16th minute.
Although the Bears had the clear shot advantage, 11-2, the Trailblazers wisely used the momentum shift after the penalty to keep the score 2-1 at half.
In the 55th minute of regulation Basile, again, found the back of the net. At 2-2, the the spectators were watching a whole different match as the Bears had their backs against the wall after the Trailblazers equalizer.
A few missed chances cost the Bears’ the win in North Adams. Statistics were heavily slanted for the Bears as they outshot MCLA 29-14, and held a 12-4 edge in corners.
Upon the team’s arrival to Swenson, a very disappointed Murtagh voiced his frustrations at his missed opportunity. “I missed a goal that could’ve been the difference maker, but I just didn’t finish.”
When asked about what the team needs to work on, he said, “We need to focus on keeping up the intensity, and learn to overcome more adversity.”
The Bears will host the Salem State Vikings for the season finale on Saturday at noon.
Jonas Joseph is a Comment staff writer.