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Recap of Falcon boys' soccer team
RUMFORD -- The stakes were cut and dry for Mountain Valley boys' soccer team in their regular season finale because a win would have likely earned a preliminary playoff game.
The Falcons indeed held their own for 74:58 against Wiscasset before bowing out. However, the effort and determination was evident throughout the entire season.
“The mindset of this year's team was geared towards capitalizing on strengths,” said coach Jarrod Dumas, eluding to the three solid classes worth of starters. "It has taken several years, but we'd been able to develop two or three core players at each grade level. There was an emphasis on performance over potential -- the kids who were performing well played.”
The team bought into this philosophy, didn't hang their heads, and played with fire. This urgency was increased because seniors Kyle Gauvin (goalie) and Andrew Child (defense), plus exchange students Simon Jensen (Denmark), Jan Fillies and Robin Baxmann (Germany) moving on after the season. The team proved to be competitive in games, several one-goal losses: Lisbon, Dirigo twice, and 1-0 against Monmouth Academy, and 2-1 against Mt. Abram.
Two of those games were overtime games. It is important to point out that if one or two of those had been wins, the final standings would concur.
“With all of those games bouncing differently, we're a top-half team,” said Dumas. “I emphasized to the boys this year that losing close games is an improvement over losing blowouts, and is a step on the path to winning close games. I reminded them that they are right there.”
Child and Gauvin were both instrumental players and their leadership was evident. Both were skilled players, helped encourage, and, when necessary, got on their teammates and they led by example. Baxman suffered a broken ankle and it changed the offense. Jensen and Fillies were at sweeper and fullback.
The cupboard certainly isn’t bare, with next year's senior class -- Josh Rainey, Austin Glover, Andrew Phelps, Garrett Carver, Nate Buotte and Alex Witas -- will be a driving force behind the team's success.
Glover, Rainey and Carver have been playing together, all three in the midfield. Andrew Phelps, Buotte, Witas, Tucker Phelphs and next year's sophomore striker, Cory Cochran, who started several games, will lead the offense.
The defense will have Mike Theriault, Nate Fitzpatrick and Chris Bourret, who've had experience playing back. Future sophomore Dakota Jacques will take over in goal.