Washburn Beavers gear up for playoffs

12 years ago

Washburn Beavers gear up for playoffs

    WASHBURN — The Beaver boys soccer team has been one of Class D’s strongest squads over the past several years. The team has been blessed with a strong core of solid athletes and the 2012 team is no exception.

    Coming off a solid 13-3-1 season in 2011, the Beavers made a deep run into the playoffs before losing in the semi-finals to local rivals Central Aroostook. With well over half of the 2012 season behind them, the Beavers find themselves in the playoff picture once again.

    Fifth-year varsity coach Ben Goodwin believes that although his team is young, they have what it takes to make a strong push into the playoffs.

    “I’m looking for us to peak at the end of the season and make a good playoff push,” Goodwin explained. “We need to make sure to do the little things right and always play a full 80 minutes of soccer.”

    The Beavers lost a number of key players off the 2011 squad. Topping the list was Jordan McLaughlin, a prolific scorer who will leave a big hole on the offensive end. Other valuable members who were quality contributors a year ago included Anthony Viola, Mason Turner, Chase Chandler, Ethan Pendexter and Zach Davis. Their leadership will be missed, but a number of players are ready to step up to the challenge.

    Senior Mitchell Worcester will be a key factor if the Beavers are to be successful. After leading the team in assists and being second in goals a year ago, Worcester will have to raise his game once again. He will see time both at striker and goaltender depending on what the team may need on a given night. Regardless of the position, Worcester will bring valuable leadership to the field every night.

    Senior Justin Farley will split time between the backfield and midfield, while senior Nick Bragg, an All-Aroostook selection from a year ago, will anchor the midfield. Senior back Andrew McLaughlin will also play a key role. Other returning players include sophomore midfielders Michael Ericson, Kenny Irving,  and Alex Pelletier and sophomore strikers Noah Farley and Nick Bragg.

    Newcomers to the team include junior back Keagan Page, sophomore back Chandler Page, and a large freshmen contingent including Noah Caron, Carter Doak, Brandon Farley, Brandon Cropley, Parker Thompson, Tyler Jardine, Justin Davis and Jarrett Olsen.

    “We will have to mark hard and contain in the defensive third. We will have to control the play and the speed of the game, and we will have to be skilled with our passing,” Goodwin said.