Bourne girls’ soccer head coach Rui Correia’s return to the sidelines for the Canalmen looked great for the first 65 minutes.
His team was up 2-0 at home against Abington, a non-conference opponent, on Wednesday, September 4, and were ready to ride off into the sunset with their first victory of the season.
Then the Green Wave came storming back.
Abington scored two unanswered goals in the final minutes of play in the second half to salvage a tie and spoil Correia’s return to Bourne.
“I thought we were the better team for the first 65 minutes,” Correia said. “We controlled the flow. We controlled the momentum. We just didn’t shoot enough.”
The Canalmen jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute of the first half as captain Amanda Orciuch sent home by fellow captain Alex Cunningham. That score held up into halftime, despite Bourne getting three other shots on goal.
Orciuch later finished off a fancy give-and-go with Brooke Lunedei to take a 2-0 lead at the 49th minute.
“I thought the momentum was building, but if we don’t shoot the ball isn’t going to go in the net,” Correia said.
With roughly 10 minutes left in the match, Correia subbed out his starting keeper, Emma Bourgault, for backup Grace Smally, whom Correia said was making her varsity debut. Abington took advantage of the substitution, scoring two goals in a four minute span to salvage the tie.
The Green Wave goals came from Kaylie Groom and Carrie Prewitt.
In addition to playing without last year’s goalie and center back, Claudia and Avery Rogers—the former freshmen twin sisters transferred to Tabor Academy this summer—Bourne was also without sophomore Lexi Morriset.
But returning to the roster is an impressive sophomore class, made up of seven returning players, four juniors and three seniors, as well as five freshmen.
Correia was previously the head coach of the Canalmen girls’ soccer program for five years before leaving to coach the Massachusetts Maritime Academy women’s soccer program for two years. When Brett O’Brien did not return to coach the team this season, Bourne athletic director Scott Ashworth placed a call to Correia.
“I’ve known Scott for a while and have a ton of respect for him,” he said. “He was nothing but kind to me when I got offered the MMA gig, so when he called me wondering if I would interested in coming back, I didn’t have to think twice.”
Both Cunningham and Madelyn Muttart played under Correia as freshmen on the varsity team.
“I’d like to think I can make a difference in getting them ready,” he said.
Bourne (0-0-1, 0-0 SCC) has its first road game to open up South Coast Conference play today Friday, September 6 against Apponequet at 3:45 PM.