In a hard-fought defensive battle on the road for the Canalmen's SCC-Small opener, Bourne boys' soccer salvaged a scoreless tie with the Blue Devils.
Visiting Fairhaven on Monday, September 9, the Canalmen were led by the strong play of senior goalie Wyatt Ream. The netminder stonewalled the Blue Devils all afternoon long, highlighted by stopping a penalty kick late in the game preserve the scoreless draw and give himself his second shutout in three games this season.
Sohrob Nyman had a chance to put his team out in front in the first half, but struck the post on a shot while Morgan Hopwood got his foot on the rebound, but the ball floated just wide of the net.
"It was a close game in the first half, but I think we definitely out played them in the second half," Bourne head coach Andrew Arki said.
Matt Ziehl nearly had himself a breakaway, one-on-one opportunity, but was called for offsides. Senior captain Armond Eldredge also had three shots on net, but were stopped by Ream's counterpart in net.
Despite the strong effort, Bourne has yet to score a goal in three games this season.
Apponequet 3, Bourne 0
The Canalmen may have let in three goals to the Lakers, but it wasn't for a lack of effort by Ream.
Hosting Apponequet on Friday, September 6, the senior goalie stopped 15 of 18 shots as he was under constant duress in net. The reasoning was due to the Canalmen getting called for a red card very early in the first half, forcing the home team to play a man down for the majority of the game.
Senior defender Nick Card, who also played well in front of Ream against Fairhaven, tallied five blocked shots and seven clears against Apponequet in the losing effort.
Bourne (0-1-2, 0-1-1 SCC) visits Seekonk at Cole Street Field on Wednesday, September 11 at 3:45 PM.