Eastern boys soccer team is looking to replace a lot of talent from the government playoff team | Sports

Beaufort – The East Carteret boys’ soccer team will need to find half a dozen new starters this season.

The Mariners lost four-year players Logan Belcher and Evan Follwood, as well as Taggert Malone to graduate.

Three players chose to play football this season. These include last year’s top scorers Jacob Nelson and Charles Matika, as well as Jadon Watson.

Defender Jacob “Jake” Taylor was one of four students from the East who died in a plane crash off Drum Inlet in February.

“We lost quite a bit,” said Antonio Diaz as he entered his 18th season as a coach. “It is a completely different mix this year because of the players who are not with us. We are defining the positions and the starters. It will take some time, two weeks.”

These players were on the field last season when East won their first state game since 2016. The team had gone 2-8-1 in the regular season with both teams beating the unbeaten Legion.

The Sailors have not finished above 0.500 since 2016 and have not won more than five games in a season in the last five campaigns. They are 9-40-2 over the past four seasons.

Nelson scored twice in the 3-2 win over Farmville Central, with Mateca scoring the other.

“At the top, Jacob (Nelson) and Charles scored most of our goals,” Diaz said. “We knew we had Jacob temporarily. We appreciated that he played with us during his injury, but he is back at 100%. And Charles wanted to play football too.”

There are some talents who came back from the second round team last year.

Goalkeeper Wyatt Novask repeatedly saved his side against Farmville Central, managing five saves in the first 26 minutes of play. Defenders Chris Herrera Alvarado and Liam Harding also featured in the defensive line.

Defense appears to be the force once again for the 18-man roster with these three defenders, plus Cal Guthrie and Trey Austin returning after taking off in the junior season.

“We will try to build the team from behind,” Diaz said. “We are delighted to have Trey back. From what he has shown, he is ready to play and will be a good asset to us.”

Other potential starters include Jacob McKee, Isaac McKee, Nate Bennett, and Kevin Sanchez.

“We have big question marks this season, but I’m excited about our potential, our talent and our sporting style,” Diaz said. “They are passionate and hardworking. We will see how they integrate and find their strength.”

The Mariners will begin the season at home on Monday, August 22 against West Carteret.

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