PROSPECT'S JOE DEANE and Belmont's Charlie Carroll-Burr battle for the ball in action last week. (Photo by Joshua Spaulding) (click for larger version)
September 08, 2021BELMONT — The Belmont and Prospect Mountain boys' soccer teams have shown early on in the new season that they aren't afraid to battle.
The two teams met up on Monday, Aug. 30, in the second game of the season for both teams and after Belmont rallied from a 1-0 deficit to take the lead in the second half, Prospect scored late and then got an overtime tally from TJ Locke to get the 3-2 overtime win.
"We always have a good game with Belmont, I love coming here," said Prospect coach Cory Halvorsen. "Two games in three days is tough, the kids are sore, but we played through, I am happy with what we did."
"We made a bad pass back, that's the learning curve of the season," said Belmont coach Mike Foley. "But it was a much better game today than what we showed on Friday."
Belmont got a couple of early bids, with Logan Vaughn getting a shot deflected while on another bid, Prospect keeper Ethan Capsalis came charging out to make the grab. Cam Dore had a shot go wide at the other end for the Timber Wolves and Jaxson Embree turned in a solid defensive stop. Dore and Locke teamed up for a bid that went wide as well.
Prospect had the game's first corner but Vaughn was able to clear the ball out of the zone. Belmont keeper Jacobb Bivens came through with a save for his team, while Dore had another shot on net that Bivens stopped. Juan Montoya made a run into the zone for Belmont but Capsalis came charging out to grab the ball.
The Timber Wolves got the game's first goal just more than 10 minutes into the game, as Locke sent a ball in to Dore, who buried the shot in the net to give Prospect the 1-0 lead. Cole Stockman had a bid for the Timber Wolves that went wide and at the other end, Kaden Jewell came back with a run into the zone that Capsalis came out and snared. Jeff Carrier made a nice defensive play for the Raiders and Liam Waldron had a shot denied by Capsalis.
Chris Cox sent a nice cross into the box for the Timber Wolves but Mitchell Berry was there to clear the ball for Belmont. Jewell had a good cross to Kyle Albert, who delivered a nice shot but Capsalis made a diving save. Will Riley also had a shot denied by Capsalis.
Prospect had a corner kick that Bivens was able to save. Jewell and Colin Fysh had shots miss the mark while Waldron and Jewell teamed up on another bid but Prospect's Eli Kriete made a nice defensive stop. Joey DeJager sent a bid over the net on a nice feed from Locke and Stockman drilled a shot off the post.
Perrin McLeod made a nice defensive stop on Riley while Dore and Locke teamed up for another chance that Bivens stopped. Jewell and Ronan Taylor missed connections on a bid and Waldron had a nice clear on a cross by Locke.
Belmont had a corner kick that Vaughn sent wide of the net. Prospect came back with bids from Joe Deane, one that was stopped by Bivens and another cross that just missed Locke. Austin Perrault had a cross for the Timber Wolves that Berry cleared and Owen Waldron had a late bid for the Raiders that Capsalis stopped to close out the first half with Prospect up 1-0.
Prospect had a corner early in the second half, but Berry was able to head the ball out of the zone. Dore had a head shot go wide of the net and McLeod made a nice defensive stop on Montoya. Belmont also had a corner kick, with Jewell heading the ball on net, but Capsalis made the save.
Belmont pulled even with 29:23 to go, as Fysh was able to slip the ball past Capsalis as he charged out of the net and it didn't take long for the Raiders to take the lead, as just more than four minutes later, Vaughn struck the ball past the Prospect keeper for the 2-1 lead.
Cox sent a nice ball up to Locke, but his bid was stopped by Bivens. Riley had a direct kick for the Raiders that Capsalis stopped and Deane had a shot that went off the post for the Timber Wolves. Bivens made a couple more saves, one on a bid from Locke and another on a Deane shot. Dore and Locke continued to pressure with chances, but could not get the ball past the Belmont keeper.
The Timber Wolves were able to pull even with just more than eight minutes to go in the game, as Locke hustled to get to the ball and sent a cross in front. The ball deflected off of a Belmont defender and into the net, pulling Prospect even at two.
Deane then sent a shot off the post, Dore had a shot go high and Stockman had a bid that Bivens denied, sending the game to a 10-minute overtime period.
DeJager and Dore just missed teaming up on a bid early in the extra frame and Belmont had bids go wide from Taylor and Liam Waldron.
However, with just less than four minutes gone in the extra time, Locke was able to capitalize on a bad pass in the defensive zone, got past the defenders and around the charging Bivens, burying the ball in the net for the 3-2 win for the Timber Wolves.
"We're going to make mistakes, we just have to make sure we're building off of them," Halvorsen said. "I am happy with the effort and with what we did today.
"It was a full team effort today," he added. "We used everyone off the bench, we had multiple scorers, I like to see that."
"We're young, so we're going to have those learning curve moments," Foley said. "So, when we get the opportunities to put the game away, we have got to do it.
"Nothing is ever handed to you in this division," the Belmont coach continued. "We took some hits today, but we just have to continue to make progress game to game."
Belmont was slated to be hosting St. Thomas after deadline Tuesday, will be hosting Trinity on Friday, Sept. 10, at 4 p.m. and will be hosting White Mountains on Wednesday, Sept. 15, also at 4 p.m.
Prospect was in action after deadline at Monadnock on Tuesday, Sept. 7, and will be at Hillsboro-Deering today, Sept. 9, and at Raymond on Tuesday, Sept. 14, both with 4 p.m. starts.
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