By John Vrancic
ESCANABA - As sure as the rain fell Tuesday, the goals poured in during the final minutes for Bayside Soccer Club in an 8-0 triumph over the Hannahville Soaring Eagles at Bay College.
Bayside did half of its scoring in the last eight minutes.
Tyler Borkadi and Nick Beattie provided hat tricks for Bayside (11-5-1), which visits Niagara, Wis. today at 5:30 p.m. and returns home for its season-finale Thursday at 5 against Manistique.
Nick Beattie, who normally plays defense, scored three times from point-blank range during the final three minutes. He also assisted on Griffin Curtis's goal from the doorstep for a 5-0 advantage.
"In the end, they (Hannahville) were putting in new players which is probably why the score ended up where it did," said Bayside coach Glenn Gregg. "We like their team. They play pretty good defense and their goaltender (J.J. Larson) is good."
Borkadi's third goal, which also came from the doorstep, gave Bayside a 4-0 cushion early in the second half.
He also scored from point-blank range and on a right-angle shot, putting Bayside up 3-0 at halftime.
Borkadi also had an assist, helping James Bruce open the scoring from approximately 15 feet in front of the net.
Hannahville (6-3) was simply unable to capitalize on the few scoring chances it had.
"They (Bayside) obviously played very well," said Hannahville coach Dan Kleikamp. "It seemed like we weren't trying as hard in the second half. It looked like the kids letdown a little. When it reached 6-0, we put in a lot of younger kids to give them some playing time. Overall, we didn't create enough opportunities for ourselves. This was not a good day for us."
Part of the reason for that is Bayside, which usually plays a four-person defense, sent an extra defender back this time.
"That's the only reason why we were able to shut them out," said Gregg. "We tried to stay with a five-person defense to get ready for tomorrow. Niagara beat us 4-0 in the championship match in the Marquette (jayvee) tournament on Saturday, so we felt we had to try something different. We're hoping to stay with them this time and maybe take them into a shootout. They're a very good team."
Hannahville will try to capture the Northern Lights League regular-season title this weekend when it travels to Grand Marais for a pair of matches.