MILO--- The Penquis Patriots boys soccer team have reached the postseason each of the last four seasons.
"The team wants to be one of the 11 teams that qualify for the post season in Class C for the 2013 season,"Penquis coach Jason Mills said. "The team has been to the postseason four years in a row and wants to continue that for the upcoming season."
Penquis finished 14-0 during the 2012 regular season. They fell to Orono in the quarterfinals. It was the third straight year that the Patriots season ended in the postseason against the Red Riots.
Trevor Lyford has been one of the best goalies in class C the past three seasons. This year, Lyford will be splitting time in goal with Dereck Thomas.
"Trevor Lyford has been the goalie the last three years, but will split time between goalie and being out on the field this year,"Mills said. "Trevor is a tremendous goalie, but the team is looking for more offense on the field and Trevor presents this with his skill level. Whether in goal or on the field, Trevor is one of the best players in class C.".
Colton Larrabee, Cevonte Johnson, and Lyford will be entering their fourth season with the Patriots.
"Strengths of the team are three seniors entering their fourth season with the team,"Mills said. "Colton (Larrabee) is a midfielder who controls play for the team and does a great job setting everyone else up. Cevonte (Johnson) is probably one of the quickest players around up front. Great speed and determination allows him to win just about every 50/50 ball."
Staying healthy is a key for any team. It will be even more important for the Patriots, as they will enter the season with a roster of 15 players.
"Challenges for the team this year are the overall numbers only 15 players are on this years roster. So staying healthy is going to be critical for this team,"Mills said. "The ability of the younger players to step up and play bigger roles will determine how far this team goes. I know what we are going to get from Trevor, Colton, and Cevonte, but how will the other players step up to new roles?"
- Goalie(s)- Lyford, Thomas
- Fullbacks - Michael Vachon, Matt Vachon, Tom Diaz, and Giavani Sibert
- Halfbacks - Colton Larrabee, Clayton Preble, Lyford, Devon Strout, Josh Martin
- Forwards - Johnson and Justin Valvo
- Other players - Colin Beckett, Charles Artus, Peter Bishop
The Patriots will start the season with three road games, including traveling to Orono on September 12th. Penquis will play their home opener against PCHS on September 17th. Click here for the full schedule.