PORTSMOUTH — Although his team got bounced from the playoffs Saturday by La Salle, 6-0, Mike Stinton said he’s happy with the way his team progressed as the season neared its conclusion.
“I think we improved as we went along the season. We had some tough, one-goal losses,” said Mr. Stinton, the head coach of the Portsmouth High School varsity boy’s soccer team.
Indeed, the Division 1 Patriots lost five regular-season games by one goal, and played in two tie games. Up until Saturday, they hadn’t lost a game since Oct. 8, when they were defeated by Barrington, 1-0.
“I was happy with the ending of the season,” he said, noting that the team played stronger in the second half. “Overall, defensively I think we held our own.”
The team also held its own Saturday against La Salle — at least at the beginning.
“We played well in the first 15 minutes. Then we had an open net and we should have put the ball in, but that’s been our forte all year,” said Mr. Stinton.
The team is losing seven seniors, but plenty of strong players will be returning next year, he said.
“I have a deep bench,” Mr. Stinton said. “I think we’ll be OK. We just had a meeting with the kids coming back next year to go over some of the things they’ll need to do.”
Among the standout players this year, he said, were Will Hathaway, a senior defender and one of the team captains, who was selected for first team all division; Kyle Chen, a sophomore defender, also chosen for first team all division; Ben Boahin, a senior forward, who made second team; and Chris Costa, a sophomore goalkeeper, who made third team.
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