Western earns home sweep in U-16 boys soccer action

Jamie Bennett
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CORNER BROOK  Logan McIsaac was a man on a mission on the soccer pitch this weekend.

The 16-year-old Stephenville native booted home five first-half goals Sunday to lead BMO Western to an 11-0 win and two-game home sweep over Portugal Cove-St. Phillips in a provincial Under-16 boys soccer league clash at Wellington Street Sports Complex.

McIsaac also potted a pair of goals Saturday as Western opened the two-game set with a 5-0 win.

On Sunday, McIsaac scored goals in the first, 10th, 30th, 34th and 38th minutes to pace the attack. Brandon Braggs bulged the mesh in the 33rd minute as Western held a commanding 6-0 lead at the half.

Western got goals from Nick O’Neil, David Hardy, Ethan Allan, Sam Watkins and Will O’Driscoll in the second half to cruise to the win.

Keeper Brandon Anstey earned the clean sheet Sunday to go along with the one he earned in Saturday’s encounter.

With the wins, Western improve its record to 4-2 on the season and get back on track after a pair of losses to the powerhouse St. John’s Under-16s.

McIsaac said unlike those games in St. John’s two weeks ago, Western kept things positive on the pitch, something which led to a much more cohesive two-match showing.

“There wasn’t any negative talk between each other,” McIsaac told The Western Star. “That was a big problem for us in St. John’s. But this weekend we moved the ball well and as a team.”

The third-year team veteran was modest when asked about his seven-goal showing over two games, calling them “average goals” whereby he found the ball at his feet in the box and simply converted.

Rather than focus on statistics or standing, he said the team is focused on continually getting better at is prepares to host Mount Pearl in a two-game clash at Wellington July 5-6.

“We’re looking at building at a team to play the stronger sides,” he said. “We just need to keep the momentum going and keep it positive like we did this weekend.

The following is a closer look at Saturday’s match:

Western 5, Portugal Cove-St. Phillips 0

McIsaac got the ball rolling for Western with a strike in the 13th minute.

O’Neil and O’Driscoll potted goals late in the first half to give their club a 3-0 lead at the break.

Luke House stretched the lead to 4-0 with a tally in the 78th minute before McIsaac rounded out the scoring in the 80th minute.

jbennett@thewesternstar.com

Twitter: WS_JamieBennett

Organizations: Wellington Street Sports Complex.McIsaac, Luke House

Geographic location: Portugal Cove, Stephenville, Western Star Mount Pearl

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