PMS pg 7 10-14-21

PMS team falls to Ashford
PUTNAM — The Putnam Middle School boys’ soccer team fell to Ashford on the road, 5 - 0 Oct. 7.
With only 12 players available and only 11 players available after halftime the boys played extremely tough and physically exhausting game but never gave up, said coach Adam Heath.
Goalies Benjamin Mayo (7th grade) and Logan Walker (6th grade) continued to improve in net and split time. Mayo made 8 saves of the 11 shots on goal taken against him. While Walker made an additional 9 saves of the 11 shots on goal against him.
Defense continued to improve with 7th graders Avery Cruz and Lucas Carpio, alongside 6th graders Devin LeBeau and Caleb “OJ” Lafrance playing pivotal roles in clearing the ball out of the zone and preventing additional shots on goal.
Heath said: “Offensively we generated some decent shots on goal but couldn’t find the back of the net today. We had to have some of the boys in different roles and positions due to the lack of numbers we had today.8th grader Abdoulaye Mbye is normally a great defender for us and we had to use him more of a mid-field role. We moved 7h grader Nikoli Kostovski up into more of a striker position on the wing which took him away from his comfortability role in the mid-field. Up front we have 8th Grader Dillon Guilbault anchoring us, and really are helping bring along some of our younger players. 5th graders Liam Purdon and Miguel Vieira really flashed a lot of their skills in the game and did what they could to put pressure on Ashford’s defense and their goalie. And 6th grader Aidan Burgess has been making great strides.”
Heath said the team is young with a bright future. “These boys are giving us everything they have and I couldn’t be happier with their efforts. The scoreboard and record may not show it but these guys are coming along really well right now. Sometimes you just wish the season was longer so that everything could really get going.”


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