Deer Isle—The boys soccer team beat Sumner 2-1 on October 7, scoring first and withstanding a barrage from Sumner. Steven Cochrane scored both our first half goals, assisted by Noah Davis and Kim Dong Yeong. Sumner scored in the second half and took many shots, though we kept them out.
Ethan Shepard saved 12 of Sumner’s 21 shots and Sumner saved 2 of our 5 shots. Ethan Shepard did a great job in goal and directing our defense, which withstood the push from Sumner. Coach Joe Stinson mentioned that Nathan Winchester was outstanding in turning back many of the drives by Sumner.
The next day, the boys traveled to Bangor Christian and lost 3-0. This was a significantly better effort against a top team than our first meeting when we lost 8-0. Bangor Christian controlled most of the match, saving 3 of our 3 shots while goalie Ethan Shepard saved 3 of BC’s 18 shots.
Coach Stinson mentioned that the Bangor Christian players and coach displayed very good sportsmanship and told him they were impressed by how much we have improved. We were a bit worn out from the Sumner game the day before but took our effort as a positive relative to how the season has progressed.
On October 10, the boys beat Jonesport 2-0 at Jonesport. Jonesport took a much more defensive position than they had down here and that was one reason we didn’t score as much. After going in to half time tied 0-0, we came out more focused and got goals from Krisford Melanio assisted by Marvin Merritt, and Steven Cochrane assisted by Krisford Melanio. Coach Stinson mentioned the aggressive play of Kinsey Bartlett as a big positive and an example of how many of our players have grown this season.
With Coach Stinson allowing Liam Griffin to call the shots from the bench, we controlled the ball for most of the time and were patient in our attack. Jonesport managed a few fast breaks, but we were able to thwart them. We saved their only shot and Jonesport saved 2 of our 12 shots. Coach Stinson mentioned that Jonesport had improved a lot since we first played them.
The boys are 6-5-1 and are currently in 10th place. We are definitely in the playoffs with a preliminary playoff game. We have two tough games with George Stevens and Searsport this week, and a win in either of these games will be big. Coach Stinson has been able to get the players to buy into the team concept. He feels we have matured enough to make good decisions in the field on our own and believe in each other. It has made his job much easier and made us more successful as a team.