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Boys’ soccer: Four goals in 8 minutes sparks Pittsfield to lopsided win

  • Kyle Stockman (17) tries to stop the ball after a kick by Newport’s Jared Meyette (2) as Pittsfield’s Chandler Norris (10) and Newport’s Brayden Kraft (19) look on and during a Division IV boys’ soccer game in Pittsfield on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. Nick Stoico / Monitor staff

  • Pittsfield’s Joseph Cote (13) tries to beat Newport’s Isaac Lafayette to the ball while Jah Gordon (right) also pursues during a Division IV boys' soccer game in Pittsfield on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. Nick Stoico / Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Friday, August 31, 2018

The Pittsfield boys’ soccer team played 15 minutes before flipping the switch. In an instant, Thursday’s Division IV contest between the Panthers and Newport Tigers was turned on its head.

Pittsfield poured in four goals during an eight-minute stretch in the first half, extending a narrow one-goal lead into a 5-0 advantage by the 25th minute to put Newport (0-2) away early en route to an 8-0 shutout victory.

Five different players found the back of the net for Pittsfield, including three different goal scorers in the pivotal stretch between the 16th and 24th minutes. Senior midfielder Colby Wolfe got the ball rolling by converting a penalty kick before junior Chandler Norris blasted another one into the net in the 18th minute.

Before Newport could regroup, sophomore Caleb Stopryo (three goals, assist) was already adding another tally to the scoreboard, turning Norris’s shot off the post into a goal in the 22nd minute. Two minutes later, Wolfe delivered again.

“Guys were moving well without the ball, playing unselfishly and really kind of sharing in the success,” Pittsfield coach Derek Hamilton said after the Panthers improved to 2-0. “There’s not necessarily one guy that we’re counting on to carry us. I think there’s a number of guys who can be goal scorers for us on any given night.”

And with only six returning starters from last year’s team, this kind of effort, especially from some of the new players, is welcomed by Hamilton.

“There’s a lot of guys stepping into new roles this season, and it’s seemingly a different guy that’s stepping forward for us every day, whether it be in practice or in games,” Hamilton said.

Pittsfield erased any thoughts of a dramatic comeback with three more goals in the second half.

Sophomore Jah Gordon opened the second-half scoring with a goal off a feed from Wolfe before Stopyro finished off the hat trick in the 75th minute – and then watched his twin brother, Ben, cap the scoring with a goal in the 78th minute.

Defensively, backs Gordon and Jacob Marcotte made scoring chances difficult to come by for Newport – so much so that freshman goalie Decota Maura-Giddis didn’t see a single shot.

“Gordon played a terrific game in the back,” Hamilton said. “He did a nice job of stepping in and applying early pressure. Marcotte at the other center back with (Gordon) played strong back there as well.”

The Panthers now jump into a challenging part of their schedule with Portsmouth Christian and Newmarket on deck next week. Pittsfield hosts PCA on Tuesday and welcomes Newmarket on Thursday.

“Through two weeks of the regular season we have two wins under our belt and have been able to establish a lot of confidence in order to play together with a relatively new group,” Hamilton said. “It’s a group that’s learning their roles, learning how to play together and how to fit all the pieces of the puzzle together.”

(Jay McAree can be reached at 369-3371, jmcaree@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JayMcAree.)