BUZZARDS BAY, Mass – Friday night, the Buccaneers men's soccer team hosted the MCLA Trailblazers at Clean Harbors Stadium in MASCAC play. With senior goalie Connor Murphy (Mashpee, Mass) in goal making his first start of the season and four different goal scorers, with the help of some stellar defense, were able to secure a 4-0 conference victory in front of the home crowd.
The Bucs got four goals from four different legs in the match with Adam Crawford (Kingston, Mass) scoring the first, and game winner. Crawford hit the target three times on four total shots in the game. The other goal scorers for Maritime were, junior Andrew Wayrynen (Rockport, Mass), junior Stephen Froio (Auburn, Mass) and sophomore Jacob Crawford (Rockland, Mass). The Maritime offense got off 30 total shots in the game, 15 of which were on target. 17 of those 30 shots came in the first half of play. In Goal, Connor Murphy on saw three shots on target, thanks to the outstanding backline in front of him, and saved all three.
The Trailblazers had nine shots in the contest with three on target. Forward William Walkley had four shots in the game with just one on target. In the net for the visitors was Sean Bradshaw who made 10 saves on the night.
The first half was fairly quiet; neither team was able to get too much done offensively with the game primarily being played between the two boxes. Finally, in the 42nd minute, Crawford scored for the hosts, giving the Bucs a 1-0 lead heading to the half time break.
In the second half, the defensive back line for Maritime of Benjamin Paine (Dartmouth, Mass), Jake Pforr (Weymouth, Mass), Captain Kyle Van Ness (Waldwick, N.J.) and Captain Zach O'Neil (Scituate, Mass) were outstanding, keeping shots away from Murphy and only allowing the three shots on target all night. The defensive play allowed the offense room to run up front and in the 64th minute, Wayrynen scored the second Maritime goal. That goal was followed by the unassisted Foio goal five minutes late in the 69th minute. Maritime shut the door on MCLA in the 84th minute with Jacob Crawford's goal, giving the Buccaneers the 4-0 conference win.
With the victory, Massachusetts Maritime improves to 2-6-1 overall and 1-2 in the MASCAC. The loss drops MCLA to 0-8-1 on the year, 0-3 in conference.
The Bucs are back on the pitch Tuesday night, October 2nd at 7pm when they will take on UMass-Dartmouth at Clean Harbors Stadium in Conference play.