Mariner boys soccer team better than record shows Scott's Sports Spot

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Sophomore Cullen Cochrane attacks the ball. By Jack Scott

Deer Isle—The boys soccer team lost a close game September 28 to Bucksport 2-1. This was a hard-fought battle and we played them pretty even. Bucksport scored first and Stephen Cochrane scored from an assist by Nathan Thompson. Nathan Winchester did a good job in goal and the goals Bucksport scored were balls that bounced in off someone, rather than direct hard kicks.

Bucksport managed a little more than twice the shots that we took, but it was a nail biter right to the end. Bucksport is a solid Class C team and we hung right with them.

The boys lost a similar game to Schenck 2-1 September 30. Schenck scored first but it was an evenly played game all the way. Nathan Thompson scored our only goal on a breakaway near the end of the game when he was one on one with the goalie and put it neatly into the corner.

Cochrane had a frustrating game with several hard shots off the post or the crossbar. It seems when things don’t go your way, nothing works for you. This has been a string of tough games that we are in right to the end and the game is evenly played, but we keep coming up short. Coach Joe Stinson felt Tyson Rice had a really strong game with Schenck and he is also very happy with the level of play he is getting out of the freshmen.

The boys are also 0-8-2 and are playing well, considering the record. Most of the teams we are losing close games to would give us good Heal points if we could manage the win. One kick can make or break you in soccer. We are doing everything right. Now we need to catch a break.

We are also dealing with some injuries, some of which have to do with the effects of heading the ball. Coach Stinson is preaching “no heading the ball,” rather try and control it with your body or your foot. In the long run, he feels this will benefit the health of all the players.

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