Deer Isle—The varsity boys soccer team won its first game in dramatic fashion by beating Schenck 2-1 in overtime on September 24. We avenged an earlier loss to them by playing much more as a team than we have so far. Both teams played pretty even, and Coach Joe Stinson felt that most of the action was in the middle of the field. Schenck scored first and held the 1-0 lead until around five minutes left when Nathan Winchester drove home a goal assisted by Stephen Cochrane.
That gave us a big boost in momentum and we made a big push right as the overtime period started. Schenck suffered a handball in the box and Stephen Cochrane drilled home the penalty kick for our first win. Coach Stinson mentioned the outstanding defensive play of Trey and Mason Plummer defending Schenck’s best forward to keep him from being a big threat. Ethan Shepard was good in goal with at least 7 quality saves. The key to this win was the team play from one end of the field to the other.
Two days earlier, the varsity soccer team lost to Searsport 8-1. The only highlight for us was that we scored the first goal early in the game on a goal by Rodrigo Cespedes assisted by Cullen Cochrane. After a couple unfortunate goals, one being a penalty kick, Searsport passed their way to several open shot goals to lead 5-1 at the half. Though we did manage to get the ball in the Searsport end, we didn’t get any more good shots and Searsport showed us why passing is so critical.
The boys are 1-7 about halfway through the season. If we can keep playing like we did at Schenck, we can do what we did last year and make it into the playoffs. Looking back to the beginning of the season, there were not many players who played for Coach Stinson last year. So, similar to last year, it has taken a while to get all the players on the same page with the team play that Coach Stinson preaches. We have the talent and can win more games if we continue to work together.