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Soccer: Bulls score victory in first district game

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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ALL SMILES – Miguel Olmos congratulates Uriel Betancourt after one of his three goals Monday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

The Bridgeport Bulls looked far from a team playing the program’s first district game Monday night.

Led by three goals from Uriel Betancourt, the Bulls blasted Springtown 7-1 in their District 3-4A opener.

“It was a crazy intense game,” said Betancourt, who had two assists along with the three goals. “We had a great time starting district with a win.”

Bridgeport put 16 shots on the goal in a dominating performance. Springtown managed only four and scored its lone goal in the 65th minute with Bridgeport already ahead 6-0.

Bridgeport coach Ben Parks heaped praise upon his team after the win on chilly night in Springtown.

“This has been a tremendous ride. These kids were extremely hungry for soccer and it’s been a long time coming for these seniors,” Parks said. “They deserve everything good that has happened to this point with their hard work in practice.”

Parks also added praise for the brave, rowdy fans that sat in the cold.

The chill had no effect on the Bulls. Betancourt provided an immediate spark, heading in a cornerkick from Miguel Olmos just eight minutes in.

Ten minutes later, Betancourt added a second goal, putting the ball into the left side.

The Bulls took a 3-0 lead with Betancourt’s assist on a Juan Amador goal in the 27th minute.

Alex Martinez’ run up the left side ended with a goal in the 38th minute to put Bridgeport up 4-0 at halftime.

The Bulls’ speed continued to give Springtown fits in the second half. Eric Aguilar moved from the back to a forward spot early in the second half and got off three shots in the first five minutes. His fourth shot in the 48th minute got through the keeper to put Bridgeport up 5-0.

“When we’re playing together as a team, we’re able to use that speed,” Parks said. “One team of 11 is stronger than 11 teams of one. They’ve embodied that.”

Betancourt notched his hat trick, beating the Springtown keeper to the left side in the 53rd minute.

Martinez netted his second goal off a pass from Betancourt with 18 seconds left.

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