Mariner boys have hard week without a goal

The 2016 Deer Isle-Stonington varsity boys soccer team

Front row, from left: Liam Griffith, Wade Simmons, Stephen Cochrane, Rodrigo Rodriquez, Colby Haskell, Alexander Coombs and Silas Bates. Back row: Coach Joey Stinson, Alex Boyce, Arthur Valente, Nathan Winchester, Tyson Rice, Mason Oliver, Ethan Shepard, Trey Plummer, Cullen Cochrane, Mason Plummer, Jadyn Porter. Photo courtesy Deer Isle-Stonington High School

Deer Isle—The boys soccer team had a rough week starting with a 5-0 loss to George Stevens on September 6. Ethan Shepard suffered a broken thumb and was not able to play goal in the next two games. It didn’t help that we were facing our three toughest foes.

We lost on September 8 to Bangor Christian 9-0 in a game that Bangor Christian dominated but displayed good sportsmanship. Coach Joe Stinson felt we had a good time playing without pressure under the circumstances and were more able to enjoy the game. Bangor Christian is well organized all the way through and sets a good example of how a team should play. Nathan Winchester took over the goalie position.

We lost to Searsport 5-0 in another tough match on September 10. Winchester was in goal. We played better but Searsport is another tough matchup for us early in the season. These tougher teams are exposing our weaknesses as our youth and lack of cohesion are working against us.

The boys are 0-4 and are showing their youth more than expected. Part of this problem is that we played our three toughest teams in a row.  What was very apparent is that we need to build team chemistry and work on communication and passing around. We have plenty of talent, and if we can build back our “team mentality” that we had last year, we will improve quickly.

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