Setting the Table: Last season the Owl men's soccer team finished play with a record of 11-6 overall, 9-3 in the now defunct Sunrise Conference. That record was good enough for a 2nd place regular season finish. Devon Peaslee (Sr./Woolwich, ME) and Josh Peaslee (Sr./Woolwich, ME) were named to the Sunrise All-Conference Team.
In case you missed it: The Owls got out to a quick 2-0 record this season back in the beginning of September. Since then, the team has dropped its last 7 decisions. Graduation hit the team hard as they lost 8 seniors from last season. Additionally, in transitioning from NAIA to NCAA Division III, the soccer team has had to adjust to an independent schedule, which has meant more road games and longer trips.
Coach Gordon on his team's progress thus far: "Well we knew going in that we were going to have a really tough stretch of games. Our schedule wasn't really balanced, from competitive and easy as it has been in the past. I'm happy at times of how we played, but we haven't consistently played for 90 minutes the way we want to play, the way we need to play to beat the really good teams. So far the last 3 weeks we have played some really good teams."
Impact players: Craig Maffei (Sr./Readfield, ME) has scored 5 goals on the season, the most on the team. 8 other Owls have a goal apiece.
Coach Gordon on who has stepped up this season: "I would say that our veterans that came back have had to step up and play a more important role. Craig (Maffei) has done everything I have asked him to do from stepping back from midfield to play defense. (Kyle) Corrigan (So./Caribou, ME), being a second year player, we really look for him to connect things in the middle of the field. I think he has done a great job of doing that this year. I am excited to maybe get Jeremy Tarr (So./Ashland, ME) back, we can get that veteran experience back to go with that mix. I have been pleased with our keepers, both Rich (Felbaum, Jr./Saco, ME) and Josh (MacKinnon, So./Merigomish, ME) have had moments when they have played really well, so it's been a pleasant surprise to see that battle go on. It's only going to make us better in the long run.
On the horizon: This weekend (October 8th and 9th) the Owls will play their final home games of the 2011 season. On Saturday the team will face Fisher College (MA) at 1pm. That will be followed by a Sunday game against SUNY-Canton, also at 1pm. Sunday will be Senior Day for the Owls.
Coach Gordon on looking ahead: "I think we all would like to win all the rest of the games on the schedule. If we play at our highest level based on the experience we have got in the last few weeks against some really good teams, it's a realistic goal. If not, then to continue to keep making improvements, like we did last weekend, and continue to play the style we want to play and put the ball in the back of the net."