High school boys soccer

Belfast has nice blend of youth, experience

By Staff | Sep 26, 2017

Belfast — The following is a synopsis of the 2017 Belfast Area High School boys soccer team:

Coach/years coached current team: Kevin Coombs, seventh year.

Last year's record/playoff information: 0-14, 18th in Class B North. The Lions did not qualify for the playoffs.

Roster: Seniors Evan Kennedy (midfield), Skylar Perkins (midfield, forward) and Noah Robbins (fullback); juniors Sam Davis (fullback), Caleb Hall-Arnett (midfield, forward), Luke Hamlin (midfield), Matt Kelley (midfield) and Logan McHaney (fullback); sophomores Vinny Bonarrigo (midfield), Josh Chun (midfield) and Brandon Cournoyer (goalie); and freshmen Cole Martin (midfield), Lincoln Graf (fullback), Thaun Pham (midfield, forward), Ethan Hall (fullback) and Chase Sanders (fullback).

Known graduation losses: Thomas Berube, Andrew Cross, Zach Dyer, Garrett Hamlin, Leaf Rorick, Zach Sheafe and Rafi Weaver.

Significant impact athletes: None listed.

Team strengths: Balance of returning players and young talent.

Team goals: To make the playoffs, improve each game, solidify in team concept and show resilient character.

Top league opponents: “Each game is always a challenge and an opportunity to rise in the standings,” said Coombs.

Outlook: The Lion program has low numbers this season, which has left it without a junior varsity program. Thus, each player is as important as the next for Belfast in 2017, the coach said.

However, Coombs said his team has a nice blend of youth and experience, which could help the Lions be competitive in games throughout the season.

“There is an opportunistic group of younger players who are playing varsity soccer,” said Coombs. “We are looking to be competitive every game, and show class in all competitions.”

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