BANGOR, Maine — First-half goals by Dan Taft and Chad Kelley propelled the Bangor High School boys soccer team to a 3-0 victory over Brewer on Saturday.

The Rams are now 2-0 on the season, while Brewer slips to 0-3.

Adam King added a goal in the second half for Bangor, while Ryan Larochelle and Zane Gray were credited with assists for the Rams.

Alan Reese made four saves in goal to earn the shutout for Bangor, while Brewer’s Brian Kearns made seven saves.

Taft, a senior captain, gave Bangor a 1-0 lead with 17:44 left in the first half as he gained control of a pass from the left wing about 35 yards from the goal, then dribbled past a Brewer defender before lining a low shot just inside the far goal post.

Bangor added to its lead on a restart with 5:58 left in the half. Gray launched a long throw-in from the right sideline directly toward the near goal post. Kelley raced in toward the post and skimmed a header behind him into the near side of the goal to give the Rams a 2-0 cushion.

Brewer’s best scoring chances came early in the second half, as Luke Thomas headed a corner kick by Brian Kelley off the top of the crossbar and moments later Evan Nadeau got off a solid shot with Reese out of the goal crease that required Gray to clear it away.

Bangor scored its final goal with 28:03 left in the match, when Larochelle worked the ball into the left corner before lofting a cross toward the goal crease that King redirected into the net with a diving header.

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Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...