Chelsea Clips Manchester in Soccer Opener

Noah French makes a sliding steal against Manchester. Picture by Mike Williamson

By: Mike Williamson,

The Manchester soccer teams’ inaugural game on the new field turf of its home stadium was spoiled by Chelsea Friday, August 17 as the Bulldogs pulled out a 3-0 win.

The game was delayed 30 minutes due to thunder almost ten minutes into the contest and it began to rain. Once the game resumed it continued a light rain throughout causing wet conditions for the remainder of the contest.

The Dutchmen had a couple of scoring opportunities, but Chelsea goaltender Connor McKenzie was there for the saves.

The Bulldogs broke through with just over two minutes left in the half when Nathan Quintana picked up a loose ball after a corner kick and drilled it into the corner for a 1-0 halftime lead.

The Dutchmen struggled on the corner kick as all three of the Bulldogs goals came off corners where the original save was made, but the rebound was not controlled, and Chelsea would capitalize.

The Bulldogs made it 2-0 at the 27:30 mark of the second half on a corner kick that bounced off the goaltender back toward the corner of the net and Noah French was able to knock it inside the post.

Manchester fought back and had a couple of quality scoring chances including one with a loose ball in the crease but once again McKenzie made a couple of big saves to keep the Dutch off the board.

Chris White knocked home a rebound to finish the scoring for the Bulldogs.

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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