Mt. Abram poised for post-season play
“This team has been the most fluid team I have ever coached,” said Mark Lopez, who took over the MTA High School varsity coaching position in 2009.
“Every team I have coached is a puzzle. Sometimes the pieces fall together and sometimes I have to keep trying until the pieces fit. Sometimes I never get it quite right.”
Lopez attributes a large part of this year’s success to his players. “The kids like each other, and work hard for each other and toward a common goal.” There are 22 players on the team; some of those players are JV swing players. Every player has had something to contribute to the game this season said Lopez. Whether it’s assists, or strong pass- ing skills, or even if they don’t get much playing time, they are watching how things work and supporting the team in practice and on the field.
Coach is especially proud of his 10 senior players, who he says laugh, work and play together with a tremendous camaraderie.
We asked Coach Lopez to give a short description of the soccer personality of each senior. Without missing a beat, here is what Lopez had to say, adding this is in no particular order:
“Chris Daly… heavy footed and crafty. Calum Dixon… a child like beast. Sol Fast… the calming force in a world of chaos. Arthur Ryan… The Hulk - you won’t like him if you get him mad. Keegan Rolbiecki… tenacious and tough. Colin McCarthy-Edwards… student of the game. Patrick Bananhan… quick and relentless. Amos Withee… clutch performer, does what is needed. Johnny Hart… shakes off mistakes and raises his level of play. Greg Siekman… enjoys life, the comedic glue that binds the team.”
“This is the senior leadership that represents our school and community so well. I will miss this group, but use their legacy to inspire future teams.”
Unless something unusual happens in any of the Western Maine Class C games in the home stretch of regular season play, Lopez says the team should be in good shape going into the playoffs.
The team had a very successful run last week, winning at Oak Hill 8-0; and coming back home for Mt. Abram’s Homecoming Weekend, taking Spruce Mountain 4-1. Mt. Abram hammered Oak Hill in shots on goal 30-4; and outshot Spruce Mtn. 18-8.
Keegan Rolbiecki (2), Chris Daly (2), Patrick Banahan, Amost Withee, Quinton Hannah and Luke Romanoski put the ball in the net at Oak Hill.
Bryson Walker (2), Arthur Ryan and Colin McCarthy-Edwards scored in the Spruce Mtn. game.
As of press time Monday, the Mt. Abram boys were in fifth place (9-2) in Western Maine Class C Heal Point Standings, nipping on the heels of fourth place St. Dom’s (10-1-1).
Waynflete, Mt. Abram’s nemesis in past play-offs, is trailing Mt. Abram in sixth place (7-2-1). Lopez said Waynflete will give his team a hard time if they match up in the play-offs, but “don’t count us out if we do meet.”
The Roadrunners have three games before playoffs. Tuesday they were scheduled to travel to Lisbon and then host Dirigo on Friday night, Oct. 18 (JV at 5 p.m.; Varsity at 7 p.m.). Tuesday, Oct. 22 Mt. Abram travel to Carrabec for a 3:30 game.
Based on their success leading up to this week, Mt. Abram is more than capable of sweeping these last three games.