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Falcon boys' soccer preview
RUMFORD -- There is some unfinished business to kick over and the Mountain Valley boys’ soccer team will need to make several adjustments to get back on track.
The Falcon slipped last fall (2-12) and were not as competitive as they had shown. Hopefully, the current campaign will be different..
MV will have a new look because it might require the defense to step-up and carry the load early on. The returning lettermen will be led by senior goal keeper Kyle Gauvin and defender Andrew Child.
The team is emphasizing the importance of a strong defense,” said head coach Jarrod Dumas. “Making sure someone always takes the ball first on defense, and working together as a unit.”
Top players include Gauvin, who commands the penalty area and the team; Austin Glover, a strong center midfielder, and who calmly wins, controls, and distributes the ball.
Glover is flanked by classmates Josh Rainey and Garrett Carver, who will be counted on to control and advance the ball into the offensive zone. A lack of scoring threats had placed the Falcons on the defensive last fall.
“Additionally, the team is focusing building an attack and changing the point of attack often to create more chances, rather than simply dribbling straight down the field or dumping the ball into the defensive third and trying to run on,” said Dumas, who is assisted by Todd Papianou.
Returning strikers include juniors Andrew Phelps and Nate Buotte and sophomore Shawn Bennett.
The team graduated Zachary Taylor and Eric Billings. Nathan Fitzpatrick and Mike Theriault return on defense as well.
Strengths will continue to be the defensive core of the team and the possession and passing ability of the midfield. Also, the Falcons should find a strength in a deep bench.
Preseason went very well with 31 boys in camp, which is 10 more than last year. Included are 15 freshmen. Promising newcomers are juniors Simon Jensen and Jan Fillies and fr. Cory Cochran.
Dumas said teams to watch in the conference, as usual, will be St. Dominic's and Mt. Abram, who are perennial all-star teams in their own right. Spruce Mountain will be very tough in their first year. If the SM coaches can merge two programs successfully, they should be very tough.