ROCKLAND — The Oceanside boys soccer team may have been short on desired victories, but played games to the final whistle and displayed integrity on the field throughout the 2021 season.

Those qualities helped propel the Mariners, under the tutelage of first-year coach Travis Doughty, to the Maine Principals’ Association Class B North Sportsmanship Award.

A handful of Mariners represented Oceanside High School on Saturday, Nov. 6 and were awarded the coveted blue banner at halftime of the Class B state championship game between Yarmouth and Winslow at Massabesic High School in Waterboro. Yarmouth beat Winslow 3-0.

Oceanside High School boys soccer team members hold their good sportsmanship banner. Among those pictured are Jace Doughty, Quintin Kruger, Hayden Jacques, Noah Ross, Liam Porter, coach Travis Doughty, Taygen McAllister Dylan Benner and Ben Jones. Photo courtesy of Travis Doughty

“This is a great start for our program,” Doughty said. “The boys fought hard all year and, win or lose, they gave their all, which was obviously recognized by our opponents. It’s a great reflection on our group because at the end of the day we are trying to mold good men not just good athletes.”

Oceanside team members include Quinton Kruger, Clay Whited, Sam Gorman, Jace Young, Taygan McAllister, Hunter Monroe, Derek Myster, Connor Earley, Blane Poland, Landyn Benner, Melvin Sermano, Harrison Garcia, Ben Tripp, Liam Porter, Ben Jones, Hayden Jacques, Alex Bartlett, Isaiah Meklin and Noah Ross.

Doughty, along with Young, Kruger, Jacques, Ross, Porter, McAllister, Benner and Jones, braved the cold and were on hand to receive the banner in Waterboro.

The Mariners finished 3-11 in Class B North and earned the No. 12 seed in the postseason before they dropped a hard-fought, 2-0 decision to No. 5 Cony of Augusta in a prelim playoff.

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