Vikings ready to raid regional postseason party
Searsport — The following is a synopsis of the 2014 Searsport District High School boys soccer team:
Coach/years coached current team: John Frye, seventh year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 4-8, 11th in Western Class D. The Vikings did not qualify for the playoffs.
Roster: Seniors Jay Burkard (sweeper), Jacob Powell (midfield) and Dylon Grant (halfback); juniors Cody Parks (stopper), Troy Reynolds (halfback, goalie), Dean Evans (halfback), Matt Barlow (fullback) and Bryce Shorey (fullback); sophomores Barrett Grant (striker) and Lucas Hendrickson (striker); and freshmen Connor Kneeland (wing), Chris Evans (fullback), Ben Powell (goalie), Daniel McKeon (wing), Devon Bean (fullback), David Estes (wing) and Liam MacMillan (wing).
Known graduation losses: None.
Significant impact players: Burkard, Ben Powell, Jacob Powell and Grant.
Team strengths: Overall speed and teamwork.
Team goals: To earn a spot in the Western Class D playoffs and to continue to get better every day.
Top league opponents: Bangor Christian, Richmond, Buckfield and Greenville.
Outlook: The Vikings lost no players to graduation last year, but gained a great deal in the form of seven incoming freshmen, three of whom coach Frye said will make an immediate impact for the team.
Ben Powell will close the recent revolving door of goalies Searsport has seen in recent years and already has impressed in the preseason, while his older brother Jacob controls the midfield. Grant likely will lead the team in goals again this season, while Burkard will guide the defensive unit at the sweeper positon. Kneeland and MacMillan, both freshmen, also will be key contributors.
In a nutshell, not only does the future look bright for the Vikings, they could well surprise teams in the present as they look to qualify for the Western Class D playoffs for the first time.
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