Owls pinning hopes on youth in 2008

15 years ago

    This year’s University of Maine at Presque Isle’s men soccer team is a young one, both in experience and in personnel. There are only 11 returning players on the 2008 roster, four who are returning starters from last season.     One of those returning starters, co-captain defensive player, Trevor Hews of Van Buren, was named to the NCAA All-Independent team last season. Hews helped solidify a strong Owls defense last year that recorded five shutouts. Also in the backfield is sophomore Ben Costello of Old Town, who provides excellent speed and quickness to the Owls defense.
    Sophomore striker Devon Peaslee of Woolwich contributed solid minutes and numbers during last season, earning five goals and five assists. Due to his outstanding one-on-one ability in the scoring area, Peaslee will be a key component to the Owls’ offensive attack. Fellow sophomore and twin brother Josh Peaslee accumulated five goals and four assists last season. He is another strong attacking player whose aggressive style of play creates a lot of chances in the offensive third of the field.
    Some of the top returning players who look to break into the starting lineup include co-captains Corey Harding, a junior midfielder from Plymouth, and Dylan Harris, a junior back from Patten. Harding will look to control play in the middle of the field, while Harris will help to reinforce the Owls’ defense.  Senior Tony Hibbard of Bingham, sophomore Seth Dorr of Houlton and sophomore Chris Smith of Phillips are all second-year players who have excellent speed and quickness and will play midfield for the Owls. Sophomore striker Corey Fournier of Bradley will utilize his foot speed and tenacity in the front line, while teammate and sophomore Chad Parker of Truro, Nova Scotia, will see time in the defense as well as midfield.
    To round out the backfield is first-year player Craig Maffei of Readfield, who will immediately step into a starting position in the Owls defense. Starting in goal for the Owls is Richard Felbaum, a freshman from Saco.
     Other first-year players who will have an immediate impact on the success of the Owl team this season include Cody Closson and Brandon LeVasseur, both of Fort Fairfield, Cody Sappier of Princeton, Brian Zwicker of Brownville Junction and Daniel Smiley of Princeton.