Islanders ready to push foes to limit in Western Class D
Vinalhaven — The following is a synopsis of the 2013 Vinalhaven/North Haven boys soccer team:
Coach/years coached current team: Richards Carlsen, 29th year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 8-6, fifth in Western Class D. The Vikings lost to No. 4 Greenville 3-0 in the quarterfinals.
Roster: Seniors Ethan Mao (defense), Hunter Smith (defense), Daulton Hornby (forward), Zeb Campbell (striker), Alex Day (forward) and Byron Thomas (midfield); juniors Avery Waterman (defense/midfield), Aiden Emerson (midfield/goalie), Noah Slivinsky (midfield) and Austin Christensen (defense); sophomore Lewis Cray (goalie/defnese); and freshmen Liam Thomas (midfield), Max Stanley (forward) and Caleb Campbell (forward).
Known graduation losses: Scott James, Shane Carlsen, Hayden Jones and Justin Newton.
Significant impact players: Cray, Christensen, Waterman, Hornby and Zeb Campbell.
Team strengths: Speed, strength and teamwork.
Team goals: To be one of the top seeds in the Western Class D playoffs.
Top league opponents: Richmond, Greenville and Pine Tree Academy.
Outlook: In what appears to be a down overall year for Western Class D squads, veteran coach Carlsen things the Vikings could be the team to beat in the region once October rolls around.
Vinalhaven/North Haven has a core group of players this season, including Hornby, Waterman, MacDonald and Zeb Campbell, all of whom are fast, uptempo players from North Haven. The group of 14 players have worked well together in preseason, though Carlsen admitted the team needs to work on its transition game.
The veteran island mentor said he hopes to, at some point, be able to move Waterman to the forward position to give his team more speed “up top,” but does not want to hurt the defense.