Deer Isle—The Deer Isle-Stonington boys varsity soccer team tied Calais 1-1 on September 2, with their own drama. Calais scored early in the first half on a shot that got by goalie Nathan Winchester and bounced off the corner post into the goal. The play went back and forth. With less than a minute gone in the second half, Steven Cochrane burned down the side of the field and drove in a shot to tie it up.
Try as we might, there was no more scoring. With 14 minutes left, Calais was awarded a penalty kick which was stopped by goalie Nathan Winchester. That fired us up but there were no goals scored. We played strong in the first overtime, but couldn’t convert. In the second overtime, with Calais pressing us, Steven Cochrane broke free and bounced a shot off the crossbar with 15 seconds left. So close and yet so far.
Coach Joe Stinson said he felt we played well as a team for so early in the season. This was a good start and we played much better in the second half.
The team has good numbers with a strong senior class with experience blended with a big freshmen class. Coach Joe Stinson likes the mix and feels we will come together quickly as many of the freshmen are talented enough to contribute quickly. The seniors are Steven Cochrane, Nathan Winchester, Tyson Rice, Kinsey Bartlett, Trey Plummer, Mason Oliver, Ethan Bates-Cole, and Devon Emrick. These players form the core of the team both offensively and defensively. With no juniors, we have two sophomores, Mason Plummer and Cullen Cochrane.
The freshmen are Myles Brown, Nathan Thompson, Sam Knowlton, Jacob Gell, Drew Wendell, and Trevor Bubar. Coach Stinson is looking to have several of these players contribute right away. Despite the loss of key players last year, Coach Stinson is very optimistic of our chances this year. He is pleased with the cohesiveness of this group despite the age differences as well as the talent of the younger players. The team has also shown good spirit and everyone works hard and supports each other. This is so critical to soccer, which is the ultimate team sport.
We will have to build our offense outside of Steven Cochrane, who is a very skilled offensive player but will draw a lot of attention from the other teams. As we strengthen our defense, I feel we should be a playoff contender by the end of the season.