New coaches see early promise in Ellsworth, GSA boys’ soccer squads
ELLSWORTH — Two attainable boys’ soccer playoff contenders noticed their first preseason motion this week, every with a brand new head coach main the way in which.
Ellsworth, coming off a semifinal loss to Winslow within the MPA Class B championship event, had a powerful exhibiting in its first style of sport motion. The Eagles scored double-digit objectives in an enormous shutout victory in opposition to an overmatched Orono facet on Aug. 22.
Whereas he did admit there have been issues the workforce would wish to work on in apply, new head coach Mark Ensworth was happy with the general effort of your entire roster.
“They did the issues that we wished them to do,” stated Ensworth after the scrimmage. “One of many issues I’m actually completely satisfied about is that we’ve bought loads of guys who can play. I believe that we’ll be capable of preserve guys contemporary and run loads of completely different individuals on the market this season.”
For Ensworth, who beforehand coached at George Stevens Academy, the transition was eased by the truth that he had already been concerned at EHS for the final a number of years.
“This will likely be my third yr educating phys-ed, so I do know the youngsters fairly nicely,” Ensworth defined. “Even so, it’s at all times completely different beginning with a brand new workforce with completely different customs and issues like that. Nevertheless it’s been enjoyable.”
Ensworth additionally stated the truth that each EHS and GSA have the identical mascot, college colours and combat track helped him acclimate to the brand new setting.
“There’s nothing extra awkward than saying the mistaken workforce title within the huddle,” Ensworth stated. “So, at the very least I received’t have to fret about that.”
Ensworth’s earlier publish, heading up the aforementioned program at GSA, has been stuffed by Mark Hundhammer. A former assistant girls’s soccer coach at Husson College, Hundhammer has coached at a wide range of completely different ranges of the game.
His squad took the sector for the primary time this season as nicely, seeking to avenge an early playoff lack of its personal within the Class C championship bracket. The Eagles performed even with Bucksport for many of the contest earlier than pulling away on the finish with a barrage of late objectives.
“We reversed the maths,” Hundhammer stated. “Within the first half we had loads of alternatives that wouldn’t go in, however within the second half that modified. So, I’m inspired by the assault. We’ll kind out some stuff defensively, and we’ve bought to play somewhat faster, however principally it was fairly good.”
One factor Hundhammer talked about that the workforce struggled with, which is one thing that may take some time, particularly below a brand new head coach, is cohesion.
“That is actually the primary time we’ve had the entire group collectively,” Hundhammer defined. “That’s been the problem since you get 13 or 14 guys and also you go over stuff and never everyone is type of catching it. However we’ll get there.”
Hundhammer says the gamers have excessive expectations for themselves this season and he believes that they’ll completely be achieved.
“Their objectives are to have some enjoyable, be aggressive in all of their video games and advance so far as they’ll within the event,” Hundhammer stated. “So, I believe that’s practical.”
Over in Ellsworth, the objectives are very a lot the identical for Ensworth’s gamers.
“This college has a practice of successful, so their expectations are actually excessive,” Ensworth defined. “I don’t suppose I’d wish to coach someplace that the expectations weren’t excessive. These children wish to make it so far as they’ll so we’re going to see if we are able to put the work in and make these issues occur.”
Ellsworth and GSA are slated to fulfill twice this season: as soon as on Sept. 7 and once more on Oct. 3.