NEW MILFORD — The Bethel boys soccer team didn’t create a single meaningful chance in the first half of its season opener last Friday at New Milford.

The Wildcats more than made up for it in the second, though.

Led by a pair of goals by senior Jacob Bohrman, Bethel claimed a 2-1 win over the Green Wave in a battle between SWC heavyweights.

Bethel’s attacking quality shined through in the second half as it created several chances.

“We came out with the intensity in the second half,” Bethel coach Tony Fernandes said. “Our key players really stepped it up. The pressure in the first 15 minutes of the second was ferocious; we deserved it today.”

Both teams fought hard for space in a scoreless first half before the game sprung to life. Less than two minutes into the second half, a shot from outside was palmed by New Milford goalie Brandon Romero, but Bohrman heeded every coach’s instruction to crash the glass and converted the rebound opportunity.

“Always crash the box,” Bohrman said. “It popped in my mind as soon as I saw Anthony Falstoe shoot. I thought for sure it was a goal, so I’m running at the goal ready to celebrate. But it came off the goalie and it was an easy tap-in.”

Bethel had two excellent chances to extend the advantage, but Romero denied the visitors both times. It set up for a frantic finish, though.

Th e teams traded fine strikes 30 seconds apart late in the second half as Bohrman fired a hard, low shot into t h e corner to make it 2-0 Bethel before Sam Beyers looped a shot over the goalie to cut the deficit in half with 8:04 to play.

The Green Wave had a few sights at goal down the stretch, including one dangerous cross in to the box that was almost finished into the net.

“We had a couple of chanc es there in the last 20 where it’s just execution,” New Milford coach Greg LaCava said. “It’s a matter of putting the ball in the back of the net in that situation. The good news is it’s where it ne eds to be.”,