DIS boys soccer team scores first win Scott's Sports Spot

Sports; DIS; boys; soccer; Jonesport; stephen; turns; 101217 Senior Stephen Cochrane leads the Mariner offense.  By Jack Scott

Senior Stephen Cochrane leads the Mariner offense. By Jack Scott

Blue Hill—The boys soccer team lost to Sumner 4-0 October 4. We came out flat and did not play with the energy we have shown lately. We gave up two goals in each half but never put enough pressure on the Sumner goalie. We were out shot about 3 to 1 and didn’t show a fraction of the commitment that we did the next night.

The next day, we played the best we have all year in beating Jonesport 2-0. The only way I can describe this game was “inspired.” I couldn’t single out who played a great game because from the top of the roster to the bottom, everyone played hard from start to finish. We controlled the game throughout and dominated Jonesport.

Jonesport plays a boot and run game with a couple talented forwards who control the ball near the goal to score. We were patient and passed around to keep control as we moved up the field. Nathan Winchester got his first shutout, though he did have help from the post on a wide-open shot in the second half. I confess that I did find pleasure in hearing the usually loud and obnoxious fans from Jonesport whining about their team’s lack of energy. I’m not proud to mention it, but you had to be there last year when they came to play here to understand.

Both of our goals were scored by Stephen Cochrane in the first half, where we also just missed a penalty kick. We kept the pressure on them in the second half despite our lead and that made it harder for Jonesport. By controlling the ball, we limited their opportunities, and Nathan Winchester did the rest.

The boys are 1-9-2 and have snuck into 14th place, the last playoff spot, due to our win over Jonesport which really boosted our Heal Points. It is a tenuous position by a couple Heal Points, and unfortunately our last two games are with George Stevens, a top contender in Class C, and Bangor Christian, the top team in Class D. If we had been playing the game we did against Jonesport earlier in the season, we would be well up in the playoff picture. We could be a dangerous team if we make it. We are also much better than our record shows.

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