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D'Amour buries three, Red Raiders blank Farmington

Belmont’s Adam Prout corrals a loose ball during the Red Raiders’ win over Farmington last week. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
October 17, 2011
BELMONT – In one of its final tune-ups before the postseason kicks off next week, the Belmont High School boys' soccer team was firing on all cylinders, as the host Red Raiders scored five times in the second half to put the finishing touches on a 6-0 victory over Farmington High School in Division III action on Oct. 10.

"We're gearing up for the playoffs now so we're hoping to get all the little things worked out," said BHS coach Mike Foley. "(Last) week is moving week, all the biggies are playing each other so there could be a lot of movement before all is said and done."

Jeremy D'Amour scored three goals to lead Belmont (10-2-1 after the win), while Austin Wilder had four assists in an impressive offensive performance.

"It was a fun one," said Foley. "Jeremy did a really nice job of finishing, he earned them. Positioning-wise he did a nice job, the guys were looking for him. And for Austin to get four assists, that's huge. That's what he loves to do out there."

The Red Raiders had all sorts of opportunities in the first half, as Kyle Bjelf and Ashton Singh each threatened the net in the game's first 10 minutes. Pedro Perez took a through ball in the 17th minute, but his shot was turned away by a busy Farmington goalkeeper. D'Amour finally put Belmont on the board in the 32nd minute however, as Wilder made a nice run into space before playing a through ball to D'Amour. The forward ran through a defender to win a 50-50 ball and was able to bury an easy shot into the net for the 1-0 lead.

Belmont looked primed to take a 2-0 lead just before halftime, but Jon Oakes' cross that was headed by Justin Lindbloom was turned away thanks to a nice save from the Farmington keeper and the Raiders settled for the 1-0 advantage at intermission.

"Kudos to Farmington," said Foley. "It was 1-0 at the half. They played smart but I think some changes we made in the second half made the difference."

Foley moved defender Joe Boles into the midfield heading into the second half, and his steadiness on the ball opened things up for the Raiders. Wilder was able to roam more freely, something that led to the game's second goal when he dribbled past three defenders and found a wide open Perez at the six-yard box. Perez's shot beat the keeper in the 48th minute to give BHS a 2-0 lead.

D'Amour got his second goal on a well-placed volley off a headed pass from Wilder to make it 3-0, and he finished off the hat trick when he headed in a cross from Aaron McLelland in the 61st minute to give his team a 4-0 lead.

Singh scored to make it 5-0 off a feed from Wilder and Oakes closed out the scoring in the 73rd minute, as he was taken down in the box for a penalty kick. Oakes' buried it with a low shot to the left for the 6-0 final.

The shutout for goalkeeper Kaleb Brace was his sixth of the season, and he wasn't challenged much thanks to a defense paced by Angelo Palmer, Tuckerman Zeller, Bjelf and Boles.

"Our defense allows Kaleb to roam a little more and take some chances," said Foley. "They did a very nice job."

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