Indian River’s varsity soccer team followed up a disappointing 4-2 loss to Milford last week with a 5-0 win over John Dickinson on Nov. 1, despite missing senior captain Pierson Roenke to a deep bone bruise.
Without Roenke, Indian River’s offense struggled to find continuity. A number of their passes both had no touch and went long, and their feet couldn’t find the ball on the crosses.
Indian River had 18 first-half shots — 28 for the full game — and only scored on five. They lost possession or allowed Dickinson’s defense to fall back into its shell nine times due to long passes. And they whiffed on 13 golden opportunities inside the penalty box, while only converting on one of eight corner kicks.
But Peter Mais picked up the slack for Roenke and scored two first-half goals and added an assist to Morgan Hunt for the Indians’ first goal. Luke Wingate headed-in the Indians’ fourth goal on a second-half corner kick, and Matt Dorazio connected with Dan Kleinstuber for a left-to-right goal for the 5-0 win.
In the end, Mais gave credit to their ailing captain and mentioned that, though their team is talented, they need Roenke to be successful.
“[We didn’t play as well tonight] because of Pierson,” Mais said. “Cameron [Travalini] and Dan [Kleinstuber] play really well off of Pierson but not too well with each other.”
Mais cited his team’s game experience as a plus going into the state tournament but also mentioned that their recent loss to Milford made them realize that their earlier 3-2 loss to Seaford wasn’t a fluke and that they’d better work hard if they hope advance further than the semi-finals this year.
“Our players are more experienced this year, but the loss definitely makes us aware to get ready for the state tournament,” he said.
Indian River (13-2) was set to complete the regular season with senior night on Nov. 2 against Smyrna, after the Coastal Point’s press time.