Bolton scored an early goal within the first minute of its match against Menard Wednesday night to defeat the Eagles 2-0 in boys soccer action.
The early goal came from a header by Izzat Shubeeb on a corner kick to give the Bears an early 1-0 lead.
“They scored in the first 30 seconds and put us on our heels so the game changed from that,” Menard coach Prince Borde said. “I’m a little disappointed giving up those goals, and we don’t give up those types of goals but it happens.”
The early goal was a good sign for Bolton as weather delays have caused have on the Bears’ early-season schedule. Wednesday’s win was just their second of the season.
“It was a good win and we haven’t had many games thus far because of the weather. We have had only one game up to this point; usually, we played four or five,” Bolton coach Jeremy Poklemba said. “I was kind of anxious coming out to see how we would do and the first 30 seconds put the ball in the back of the net, then kept the pressure up and overall pretty good game.”
That defensive pressure helped Bolton (2-0) score its second goal later in the first half when Dril “Juno” Mboungou split two defenders and scored on a breakaway goal to give Bolton a 2-0 lead.
“That was just a great goal,” Poklemba said. “That was a great ball from our outside back Brady Laborde up the line and our forward Thomas made a great run outside, and Juno ran in with great authority to put the ball in the back of the net and it was a great finish.”
The pressure also helped Bolton’s defense hold Menard (3-2-2) to just two shots on goal for the match.
“They really did a great job of playing good defense and being first to the ball,” Poklemba said.
“We didn’t play well, and we couldn’t connect passes well,” Borde said. “We had no real chances on their goalie.”