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Prospect boys halt their losing streak



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ALEX BENNETT chases down a ball during action at Franklin on Sept. 21. The freshman netted three goals in the win. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
September 26, 2011
ALTON — The Prospect Mountain boys' soccer team ended its four-game losing streak in fine fashion, picking up shutouts against Franklin and Farmington last week.

On Friday, Sept. 23, the Timber Wolves traveled to Farmington and took a 4-0 win from the Tigers. The win was a big one for the Timber Wolves, who had fallen below the Tigers in the Division III standings.

Ken Gilbert got credit for the first Prospect goal, which was actually touched in by a Farmington player and the Timber Wolves took a 1-0 lead at halftime.

Nineteen minutes into the second half, Zack Drouin sent a nice pass to Cody Symonds, who drilled the ball to the top corner from 22 out for a 2-0 lead.

Just three minutes later, Jake Troy fed Drouin for a 3-0 lead and Jake Biscoe fed Logan LaRoche for the final goal of the game.

Coach Bubba Noyes praised the play of backs Austin Perrin, David Troy and Peter Benenate and also lauded Biscoe for his fine play in the midfield.

"They finally started to shoot the ball in the second half," the veteran coach said. "And we really limited Farmington's opportunities to shoot."

Zach Robertson and Brian Borelli split the time in goal for Prospect.

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, the Timber Wolves hit the road to Franklin. After a stretch of games against the cream of the Division III crop, the Timber Wolves were itching to get their scoring back on track.

Franklin proved to be just the answer the Timber Wolves were looking for, as they potted 10 goals and took a 10-1 win.

"It was a tough stretch," Noyes said. "Now we've got to move forward and try to move up in the standings."

Prospect had plenty of chances in the early portion of the game, as Drouin had the goalie down right out of the gate but sent a shot wide. Alex Bennett, Jake Troy, Alex Rayno, Biscoe and Symonds all had chances that either sailed wide of the net of were stopped by the Franklin keeper, who more than held his own in the early going.

Drouin also sent a ball in to Rayno that just missed connections and Troy hit Drouin with a pass but the shot was stopped.

Finally, with 26:25 to play in the first half, Rayno sent a cross in front of the net and Symonds was in the perfect spot, as he leaped and headed the ball home to give Prospect a 1-0 lead.

The Timber Wolves continued to pressure, with Drouin, Biscoe and Jason Houghton leading the way.

Four minutes after the first goal, Houghton fired a shot that slipped off the goalie's fingers and into the net for a 2-0 lead.

Prospect kept the intensity up in the offensive end, with Houghton, Biscoe, Drouin and Carl Stohlberg had opportunities but were all stopped by the Franklin keeper.

With 11 minutes to play in the first half, Drouin poked the ball past the Franklin keeper to up the lead to 3-0. Chris Whalen, Bennett, Drouin, Troy and Biscoe continued to lead the offensive charge, but the half came to a close with no more goals going in the net and the Timber Wolves clinging to their 3-0 lead.

Just three minutes into the second half, Drouin chipped a shot over the Franklin goalie's head for a 4-0 lead and the Timber Wolves kept on pressuring. Bennett, Houghton, Drouin, Biscoe and Rayno all had more than their fair share of chances but couldn't get the ball in the back of the net.

However, with 21 minutes to play, Drouin found Houghton for the fifth goal of the game and that seemed to open up the floodgates for the Timber Wolves. Four minutes later, Troy made it 6-0 and two minutes after that, Whalen potted a goal for a 7-0 lead.

With 12 minutes to go in the half, Bennett poked one home for an 8-0 lead.

Franklin finally got on the board just a couple of minutes later to cut the lead to 8-1, but with nine minutes to go, Drouin sent a beautiful cross to Bennett, who tapped the ball home for his second goal of the game.

Just a couple minutes later, Bennett tapped home his third goal to complete the hat trick and round out the scoring for the game.

"They distributed the ball well, but I thought we were too selfish in the beginning," Noyes said. "We just needed to go to the goal and score. When you see daylight, you've got to take it."

The Timber Wolves are off until Wednesday, Oct. 5, when they play host to Farmington for a rematch at 4 p.m. It is the team's lone match of the week.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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