BEAUFORT — The Mariners have looked good when they hit the field this season. They just didn’t hit much.
East Carteret played for the first time in 15 days on Wednesday with a 9-0 win over Southside in the 1A/2A Coastal Plains Conference opener.
“That’s the only thing that’s really unfortunate about this season,” said East women’s soccer coach Antonio Diaz. “It’s been really difficult for us to stay positive. This group of gamers needs games.
The Mariners went 3-3-2, but one of those games was a Havelock forfeit. Southside, meanwhile, slipped to 5-7-5.
“They came into this game having played 16 games and we’ve played six,” Diaz said. ” I do not know what to do. I spent hours and hours emailing coaches. I should write a book about how many excuses I’ve heard why teams can’t play us.
East’s schedule is affected by a three-team conference — the other team is Lejeune while Pamlico, Jones Senior and Northside-Pinetown don’t field teams — as well as geography. Many teams further inland prefer to play against closer teams.
“We found a game last week with Northern Nash, but they found a closer opponent,” Diaz said. “We are always trying to schedule more games. We call the teams. At this point, we’ll play anyone. We will go anywhere.
Diaz’s team has had no such issues in the past four years in the 1A/2A Coastal 8 conference.
“I would have preferred to stay at the conference we were at,” he says. “We played 14 games. It was two games a week for seven consecutive weeks.
And while the Mariners played their first game in 15 days against Southside, they won’t play again for 19 days when they host Lejeune (1-2-2) on Monday May 2 on senior night. There are only two regular season games left after this one.
“I feel bad for our seniors,” Diaz said. “They will only have three home games.”
Despite the schedule inconsistency, East is now 3-0-1 in its last four games after starting the season with an 0-3-1 record.
The club saw seven players score and three goals in the first four minutes against the Seahawks, with Caroline Harrison scoring two on Kenliana Dixon’s assists. Dixon got the first goal on an assist from Tiana Staryeu.
Staryeu added two goals and an assist to his stat line later in the competition. His first goal gave the home side a 7-0 lead at half-time.
Sami Mason scored a goal and an assist.
Sydney Roberson, Meredith Brooks and Cate Wolf also scored, and Adrianna Seder and Kendalyn Dixon posted assists.
The Mariners had 19 shots on goal and 13 corner kicks.
“You wouldn’t think we hadn’t played in a long time,” Diaz said. “We looked clean, we had clean passing, the runs were good, the communication was there, we shared the ball. We were ready for this game. »