Deer Isle—The girls soccer team have made a great improvement from the beginning of the season. Even though we didn’t have a great successful season in terms of victories, we really made the effort to play together as a team with a big number of freshmen needing to get up to varsity speed.
We had lost many of the strong players from last year’s team and that meant a big adjustment for everyone. At first, we had to figure out how to get the offense working and work on the ball control we needed to do to make that happen. We scored 10 of our 12 goals in the last eight games.
Once again we will graduate three strong players and need to replace their skill and leadership next year. The freshmen this year will need to step up into a stronger role for us to compete well. Coach Elissa Haskell did well to get the team to improve so much this year, but we are back in the same position next year with much of the goal scorers graduating again.
As is often the case when we lose core players, the future depends on the younger players’ attitude and working the off-season. Starting the season without practice and conditioning puts us at a disadvantage to the teams that are ready from the beginning.