THOMASTON — The Oceanside boys soccer team has high aspirations for the 2022 pitch campaign, especially after polishing off a 4-1-3 mark through the preseason.

Second-year coach Travis Doughty said he is encouraged by what he has seen by the youthful Mariners and thinks his side could definitely compete on a high level this fall.

“We lost one kid to graduation and gained four freshmen that could start on any team in the state,” he said. “You combine that with the senior leaders, who are four-year starters, and I think you will see that this group is going to impress. They have a chip on their shoulder to put OHS soccer back on the map. We will get up and down the field in a hurry and should be fun to watch this year.”

On Tuesday, Aug. 30, the Mariners emerged with a lopsided 10-2 win over Lawrence of Fairfield as the offense was keyed by Alex Bartlett (5 goals, assist), Harrison Garcia (2 goals), Elliot Trott (goal, assist), Hayden Jacques (goal, assist), Hunter Shook (goal), Quinten Kruger (assist) and Jace Young (assist). Garcia and McAllister split time in net for Oceanside.

On Saturday, Aug, 27, the Mariners went 2-1-2 in a preseason tournament at Richmond. Oceanside collected a 3-2 win over Carrabec of North Anson and a 2-0 win over Richmond, while they battled Oxford Hills of South Paris and Lisbon of Lisbon Falls to stalemates — 1-1 and 2-2 — and fell 3-1 to Oak Hill of Wales.

The day-long tournament featured 30-minute games, running time.

Kruger netted a goal in the game with Oxford Hills and Bartlett the lone goal in the loss to Oak Hill and the tie with Lisbon. Bartlett, Trott and McAllister netted goals in the win over Carrabec, while Kruger and Bartlett scored in the win over Richmond.

On Wednesday, Aug. 24, the Mariners got off to a hot start and never looked back en route to a 9-0 road victory over Nokomis of Newport.

Against the Warriors, the Mariner offense was keyed by McAllister and Kruger with two goals, while Bartlett, Trott, Dylan Chiaramonte, Shook and Melvin Sermano added one. Jacques logged two assists, while Sermano, Carter Jones, McAllister and Bartlett added one.

Garcia and McAllister minded the net for Oceanside.

On Monday, Aug. 22, the Mariners battled to a 1-1 tie with Messalonskee of Oakland.

After falling behind early after a goal off a corner kick by Messalonskee’s C.J. Harris, Oceanside got the equalizer by Kruger with 1:34 to go in the game.

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