The Bourne boys’ soccer team had its chances in its cross-rotary clash with Upper Cape Tech, but the Rams stonewalled their visitors in what was the season opener for both teams.
Hosting the Canalmen on Wednesday, September 4, UCT withstood constant pressure from Bourne and earned a point in the scoreless draw between in-town, non-conference rivals.
Rams’ keeper Blake Martin stood tall in net, stopping multiple shots, in the first half especially.
“He played great between the posts today,” UCT head coach Tony Reis shared on Twitter before adding that midfielder and team captain Dave Athamni also played well in the game.
Bourne controlled possession for much of the first half, as the Canalmen keeper Wyatt Ream didn’t see much action early on. But shortly after the break at halftime, Nate Baronas sent a shot that forced Ream to make a diving stop to keep the game knotted at zero.
Sohrob Nyman showed off a deft touch with the ball, setting up good opportunities for his Bourne teammates from the forward position. Matt Ziehl also had a strong game up top for the Canalmen. Ziehl fired off a shot that finally beat Martin on a cross play, but the game’s final whistle had already been blown, negating the would-be game-winning goal.
“I have no idea why the referee blew the whistle in the middle of that shot. That would’ve been a game-winner. But the game still fell on us for not taking advantage of our scoring opportunities,” Bourne head coach Andrew Arki said. “Credit to the UCT goal though for making some quality stops.”
Bourne captains Armond Eldredge and Nick Card also had strong looks at the net, but each struck the crossbar.
Aiding Martin on the defensive end for the Rams was right fullback Aidan Webb, whom Reis named the player of the game for the Rams for his defensive support.
“He played an exceptional match yesterday,” Reis said on Twitter. “He did will in one-on-one situations and team defending.”
Webb also made a game-saving stop roughly five yards from the goal after Martin was found to be out of position, Reis said.
UCT (0-0-1, 0-0 MAC) travels to Abington to meet the Green Wave in a non-conference road match on Tuesday, September 10 at 4 PM. Bourne (0-0-1, 0-0 SCC) hosts Apponequet to open South Coast Conference play on Friday, September 6 at 3:45 PM.