As always, Mariners in mix for top tier playoff berth
Thomaston — The following is a synopsis of the 2013 Oceanside High School girls soccer team:
Coach/years coached current team: Darryl Townsend, 20th year (17 with Georges Valley).
Last year's record/playoff information: 9-3-2, fifth in Eastern Class B. The Mariners defeated No. 12 Gardiner 2-1 in overtime in a preliminary playoff and lost to No. 4 Winslow 4-0 in the quarterfinals.
Roster: Seniors Megan Beal (midfield), Emma Spencer (forward), Karly Robinson (forward, midfield), Kim Young (forward) and Amy Del Buono (goalie); juniors Emily Gould (midfield), Payton Billingsley (defense, forward), Alexis Pine (midfield), Caitlin Raye (forward), Courtney Simmons (defense), Paige Tyler (defense), Ashley Gardner (defense), Sydney Brooks (forward) and Rachel Robinson (goalie); sophomores Makenna Brooks (midfield), Becca Boggs (defense), Brianna Dugan (forward), Ireland LeBlanc (forward, midfield) and Kalyn Grover (goalie); and freshmen Kelsey Brooks (defense, midfield), Jillian Brooks (forward, midfield) and Emma Lee (defense).
Known graduation losses: Rachel Frye, Kennadi Grover and Kasie Waters.
Significant impact players: Gould, Spencer and Billingsley.
Team strengths: Youth, experience and team chemistry.
Team goals: Stay healthy, win 10 games and get into the Eastern Class B playoffs.
Top league opponents: Waterville, Morse, Gardiner, Camden Hills.
Outlook: The Mariners have been a top-tier squad since arriving in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference's Class B division (after Rockland District High School and Georges Valley High School merged its schools) and figure to again be a force to be reckoned with this fall.
Despite losing Courier Publications' schoolgirl athlete of the year Kennadi Grover and Rachel Frye, a first-team all-conference selection to graduation, the Mariners should still score their share of goals this season and find themselves in the thick of things in mid-October.
The one question yet to be answered is who will play in net for Oceanside, a spot held by Kennadi Grover the past four years (the first two with Georges Valley). Townsend is planning on implementing a “goalie-by-committee” program early in the season to see of Kalyn Grover (Kennadi's younger sister), Rachel Robinson and Del Buono, who comes to the forefront.