CHESAPEAKE CITY — The sudden downpour and ensuing thunderstorm that halted Bohemia Manor’s battle with Edgewood two and a half minutes before the game’s scheduled conclusion were nearly as sudden as the Eagles’ offensive explosion to start the game.
Bo Manor looked strong as they scored four goals in the game’s first 13 minutes against the visiting Rams en route to a 5-1 rain-shortened victory in boys’ soccer Thursday evening.
“I think that’s more of what we want to see out of them ... when you put the ball on the ground. They played extraordinarily well just like we wanted them to,” Eagles head coach Andy Mitchell said. “We played last night. I was afraid they would be a little tired, but they came out strong. They showed up strong.”
Brandon Teixidor got Bo Manor on the board when he deposited a Leke Popoola pass into the net in the game’s second minute. Popoola made it 2-0 when he weaved through the Rams’ defense and put the ball in the back of the net in the fourth minute.
Logan Catron flicked a free kick into the goal in the ninth minute to make it a three-goal game, and Teixidor added his second goal of the game in the 13th minute when he went to the near post to make it 4-0.
After Edgewood scored late in the first half, the Eagles took a 4-1 lead into halftime, and the score would remain that way until the 61st minute when Teixidor scored to notch a hat trick and make it 5-1.
The sudden downpour arrived with approximately 15 minutes left in the game and sent spectators scrambling for cover while action continued on the field. When the rain started to subside, thunder was heard nearby, prompting a stoppage in the action.
The decision was made to end the game with 2:30 left on the clock, giving Bo Manor its first victory of the season. The Eagles hope to build on what they did in the game’s first 12 minutes.
“I think one of the things we want to do is to keep the ball on the ground, keep the ball more in our possession,” Mitchell said. “A lot of the time, the ball is popping in the air, and it could be anybody’s ball. It’s more of staying close together and playing the short game. I think that’s one of the things we work on coming out of this game, even though we played well and the score shows played we really played well.”