Deer Isle—The boys soccer team started the week off well by beating Machias 3-1 on October 4. We had Rodrigo Cespedes in goal for the first half as this is the position he plays in Bolivia. That is hard to believe when you watch how well he dribbles the ball. Steven Cochrane scored in the first half, assisted by Cullen Cochrane.
Colby Haskell and Cespedes each scored a goal in the second half, both assisted by Trey Plummer. Machias scored their only goal on a penalty kick against Mason Plummer in goal.
The boys then lost a well-played game on October 6 to Bangor Christian 4-1. This game was a lot closer than the score would indicate. We held BC off until about 5 minutes left in the first half when BC scored on a goal from a shot that bounced off one of our players into the goal.
In the second half, Cespedes scored an unassisted goal to tie it up. It stayed that way until 12 minutes left when BC scored three quick goals to insure their win. Coach Joe Stinson felt this was our best effort all year, despite the loss. The BC coach was very impressed with the performance of goalie Ethan Shepard and his several leaping saves.
The boys beat Jonesport 3-0 on October 8 to boost our playoff position. Liam Griffith scored first, assisted by Steven Cochrane. In the second half Colby Haskell scored, assisted by Trey Plummer, and Rodrigo Cespedes scored assisted by Tyson Rice. Ethan Shepard made a great save on the only shot he faced. This was a game in which we controlled the ball and was a very point worthy win.
The boys are 3-9 and jumped from 16th place to 12th place, with the top 14 teams making the playoff. Granted, there a lot of teams close together, but it puts us in the playoff picture. If we can win the game against Jonesport at home this Saturday, we should be in a preliminary playoff game. We are passing well and working together at the right time of the year. If we can continue this kind of play, we will be a dangerous team in the playoffs.