DOVER-FOXCROFT — After a strong start to the season, the Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ soccer team lost their first game to Foxcroft Academy with a final score of 4-2 in Dover-Foxcroft on Monday, Sept. 14.
Even though the Trojan girls’ record fell to 3-1, Coach May Dow remains optimistic about the rest of the season.
“I have faith in them and believe we can have a successful, fun season,” Dow said. “They are a talented group of girls, but we need to continue working hard and be ready to play each and every day from the very beginning to the very end.”
Dow took over coaching the girls’ varsity team a month ago and said she “couldn’t have asked for a better experience so far.”
The team, she added, has been receptive to her methods.
Dow has had them play in positions they typically haven’t in the past, which has worked well for the team. “They’re not afraid to ask positional questions. They want to understand certain areas [of] the field better and help out the team in anyway possible.”
The head varsity coach has observed an improvement in the “combination passes the girls are making,” rotation, commutation on the field, as well as following in on the goalie and applying pressure after a shot. “We are not getting down on each other so easily and trying to stay positive. We are a hard working team,” Dow said.
The varsity girls will play Hermon High School on Saturday, Sept. 19, in Hermon at 1 p.m.
Spacing on the field, transition game and tightening the gaps between their offensive third and defensive third, are among Dow’s focus for upcoming games. “We need to start taking some chances and take the longer shots,” she said. “There’s always room for improvement and we know that.”