By Brian Rathbone

The Bulletin

With 78 minutes left in the match, Alex Grignon found the back of the net for what would prove to be the match-winning goal.

For good measure, Summit added five more goals from five different players to beat North Medford 6-0 Saturday afternoon.

“Getting an early goal does make a difference on how the first half goes,” said Summit boys soccer coach Ron Kidder. “Especially if you have opportunities and you don’t score, guys tend to start playing a little tight. When you get on the board early, everybody relaxes, and oftentimes, you even play better after that early goal.”

The Storm appeared more than relaxed while scoring two more goals in the first half of the nonleague home contest. Jack Fecteau scored on an assist from Owen Adams in the 15th minute, and Simon Kidder scored in the 28th.

The second half followed a nearly identical script as the first. A quick goal from Kaden Barker was followed by a goal from Adams, who also had his second assist on Barker’s goal moments earlier. Paul Fecteau put on the finishing touches with a goal in the 70th minute, giving the Fecteau household two goals in the game.

“When you both score in a game it makes you feel a lot better,” said Jack Fecteau, a senior. “Especially because he’s two years younger, you see him score and you can tell he’s going to have a lot of success the next two years. I’m really happy for him.”

While the offense was racking up goals, it was a relatively easy outing for goalkeepers Khael Engleman and Austin Ochander, who turned in clean sheets for the second straight game. A firm back line made life easy for the Summit goalkeepers.

“The defense is a very solid group, they don’t make many mistakes,” Ron Kidder said. “At this level, mistakes often lead to goals, and they minimize their mistakes both from a goalkeeper’s sake and the back three or back four.”

With the win, the Storm improve to 4-0-1 in the early stages of the season, a similar start to last year, when they started 5-0 and came within one win of a state title.

The draw this season was a scoreless affair on Sept. 3 at Jesuit, the team that beat Summit in the state final a year ago.

Kidder noted that last season, Summit’s first at the 6A level, the biggest challenge the team faced was the uncertainty about whether it could compete in the state’s top classification against the state’s top teams.

The Storm certainly proved that they could.

With nine starters returning from the 2018 squad and a team of 23 players competing for playing time, even if that means switching positions, the Storm now know they belong in the conversation when the topic turns to the state’s best boys soccer programs.

“We are hungrier than last year,” Jack Fecteau said, echoing his coach.

“We know that we can do it, and we know that we need to focus and clutch up in our big games. We aren’t looking that far ahead.”

Next up for the Storm is a nonleague matchup in Portland against Grant, a quarterfinal team a season ago that, like Summit, fell 2-1 on penalty kicks to Jesuit.

No better time for a challenge coming off your most complete performance of the season.

“That was probably one of our best all-around games,” said Kidder, Summit’s 14th-year head coach.

“We played well defensively, we combined very well and we created goal-scoring opportunities. That’s something that we have been really working hard on so it was good to see today.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0307, .