Mount Desert Island High School senior Will Miller has his eyes on the ball in the varsity soccer playoff game against Erskine Academy on Saturday, Oct. 24. The Trojans fell 3-0, ending the boys’ varsity soccer season. PHOTO BY AMANAT KHULLAR

Boys’ soccer season ends

BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ soccer team fell 3-0 to Erskine Academy in a playoff game on Oct. 24, bringing their season to an end – the final game of their high school careers for the seniors on the team. The Class B seventh-ranked MDI Trojans finished 8-6 on the season.

“[We] will miss the seniors,” said head Coach Tyler Frank. “[We] look forward to seeing what they accomplish the rest of their high school career and beyond.”

Frank, who completed his second season coaching the MDI varsity boys’ soccer team, deems soccer to be more than a sport. The competition, teamwork and camaraderie of it make soccer a lifestyle, he said.

Although this year’s season was shorter than his first at the high school, the team finished with a better record. The coach said he is continuing to build and strengthen the program.

The senior players, with their experience and determination, have been indispensable to the team’s success.

Ryan Bender, described by his coach as the “fence in defense,” hit the field each time with all his talents in tow. Senior Zakari Charette, the Islander’s Athlete of the Week for Oct. 8 for his game winning goal against the Caribou Vikings, is considered to be the most determined player on the squad, “as seen through his actions and intensity,” said Frank.

The MDI team has learned and improved with each loss. Frank is of the opinion that different teams have winning formulas based on their personnel and strategy. He adjusts and advises his squad accordingly.

He puts as much stock into advancing the performance off the field as on it.

One of his favorite moments in the program so far, he said, involved William Miller, the team’s defender. “William uses ‘the handshake’ when he is introduced,” notes Frank. “[He] is always ready to go and balances athletics and music.”

Franks regards him as a “solid defender” and admires his style and his way of conducting himself.

Not only does senior Seth Young have the “farthest throw-in on the team,” according to Frank, he also is patient and always ready to play solid on defense.

Rye Murray brought with him the experience from previous soccer seasons, and was “the voice leading the pregame shout ‘MDI on 3!’”

While many seniors on the team were coached by Frank last year, it was his first time having Peter Jacobson in the program. “One of our nicest players,” he said of Jacobson, who has made “solid contributions” to the program.

Also adding to this year’s varsity boys’ soccer season were Russell Kropff, Avery LaValle, Zach Galeaz, Joe Grubb, Owen Mild, Kendrew VanGorder, Nick Ressel, Alex Galeaz, Jake Ressel, Andrew Jewett, Kai Fox, Sam TeHennepe, Eli McDonnell, Ted Geary, Griffin Maristany and Jose Chumbe.

Even though the Trojan soccer season came to an end with their playoff loss, Frank said he knows that the squad has put in its best effort.

“Even when we lose, we’ve done the work. We’ve put our best foot forward,” he said. “[I am] already looking forward to 2016.”





Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar is a sports reporter for the Mount Desert Islander. She comes from New Delhi, the capital city of India and graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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