Easton boys will rely on steady improvement

9 years ago

Easton boys will rely on steady improvement

    EASTON, Maine — It has been an uneven start for the Easton boys’ soccer team, but coach Ryan Shaw is confident that as the season moves along, his team will progress into a solid contender for a position in the regional Class D post-season.

    Through the first seven matches, the Bears hold a 4-3 record. They are undefeated against teams from the St. John Valley, with two wins over Madawaska and one each over Wisdom and Van Buren. The losses have come against Ashland in a pair of one-goal games, while the latest was a 3-1 defeat in Washburn Thursday.
    Freshmen and sophomores dominate the Easton roster, taking 11 of the 18 slots. However, Shaw banks on his experienced players to lead the way.
    Senior Logan Halvorson is a very skilled player all over the field who will play mainly in the midfield, while classmate Drew Sotomayor has quickness, can finish and will split time between midfield and the front line. Hunter Brown, a junior, can play multiple positions but will anchor the defense. Junior Jake Flewelling is a third-year starter at goalkeeper and is among the best in Eastern Maine Class D.
    Jordan White will play both on the back line and as a midfielder, while Mike Brown, a junior playing his first year of high school soccer, will also defend.
    Sophomore Collin Sotomayor will split time between forward and midfield. Senior Trevor Hathaway and sophomores Ryan West, Noah Hanscomb and Keagan Kinney will see action at different offensive positions.
    Isaac Currier, a freshman, will play forward, while classmates Gavin Pangburn, Hunter Dudley, Wilder Mitchell, Chris Busse, Carson Flewelling and Alex Harvath will all challenge for roles.
    “There will be a lot of changes and adjustments, but we’ll try to figure things out,” Shaw said.
    Breann Clayton and Shelliese Mullen manage the team. Travis Carter and Carl Mullen will assist Shaw on the sidelines as assistant coaches.
    Shaw said it will be a process, but he hopes to develop Easton into a playoff contender as the season unfolds.
    “We have to be consistent and mature as a group,” Shaw said. “We have some talent back and others have a lot of upside. We will have some growing pains, but will work through them.
    “Each of the players need to get better every day,” he added. “We need to challenge each other in practice and if that doesn’t happen, we will not compete.”