THOMASTON — The Oceanside boys soccer team squared off against its second straight topnotch opponent in Erskine Academy of South China on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 18, as the young Mariners were dealt a 6-1 home loss at Sam Pendleton Field.

The Mariners and Eagles were scoreless through the first 15 minutes of the opening half before the Eagles spread their wings and put the game out of reach, as the visitors pumped in five goals in a 12-minute span.

Oceanside’s Liam Portyer, left. Photo by Mark Haskell

Hayden Jacques scored for the Mariners, while Isaiah Meklin played in net for the hosts.

Sam Boynton had three goals for Erskine Academy, while Malik Lowrey added two and Liam Perfetto one. Timber Parlin minded the net for the Eagles.

“We turned in another inconsistent effort against a very good team,” said Oceanside coach Travis Doughty. “Erskine [Academy] is number one in [the] south where Winslow is number one in [the] north, so we are playing the best of the best and competing really well for 60 minutes. Unfortunately, the game is 80 minutes. We have these mental breakdowns and things get ugly in a hurry for us.”

Oceanside’s Blane Poland, right. Photo by Mark Haskell

“We are very young,” said Doughty. “I start six sophomores, so really their last season was junior high. I’m not worried about the trajectory of this team because they want to improve and will.

We have a great group but I think they realize no win is coming easy.”

Oceanside’s Isaiah Meklin. Photo by Mark Haskell

The Mariner girls also were scheduled to host Erskine Academy of South China Saturday in a varsity pitch doubleheader, but the girls recently entered the COVID-19 protocol. That game will be made up at a later date.

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