Maumee's 2-1 loss in the Division II boys soccer regional final to Bay Village Bay was a disappointing one, but it didn't diminish an outstanding season.
Maumee, which closed the regular season ranked No. 10 in the state, finished 17-3-2 under coach Joel Calkins. A solid 4-2-1 showing in the Northern Lakes League put the Panthers in a tie for second with Perrysburg. Anthony Wayne and Northview, both 6-1, shared the title.
What Maumee did all season may have surprised some, but not Calkins.
"I think we exceeded the expectations from the general public, but our goal coming into the season was to make it to the final four," Calkins said. "We had a wonderful and terrific season, but I don't want to say we exceeded our own expectations."
The Panthers advanced to the regional final for only the second time in school history. Calkins, a Maumee graduate, was in his junior year when Maumee lost in the regional final in 1991.
"We were pleased and pleasantly surprised about the season, but at the same time we feel like we left behind some unfinished business," Calkins said.
The Panthers' record ranks second-best in school history to the 18-2-1 showing in 1991. The 12 shutouts posted also equal a single-season record produced by the '91 team.
"They were very comparable to the most successful team in school history," Calkins said. "They were one bounce here and one bounce there from another shutout and best record in school history."
Joe Albright, a senior, led the Panthers with a team-best 19 goals and eight assists during the season. He also paced the NLL in scoring with 46 points.
Cody Powell, Jake Revill and Richard Pete, all seniors, were also major contributors.
Powell produced 13 goals and six assists while Revill accounted for 11 assists and 10 goals and Pete finished with eight assists.
Goalie Chad Graven, a senior, came through with a league-best 148 saves in 22 games.
"He [Craven] had a wonderful season and a lot of that is attributed to his work ethic and a lot of it is attributed to the defensive crew," Calkins said.
Maumee will lose eight players to graduation. However, Calkins the team had 15 juniors.
"The potential is there for next year, but we'll be untested," he said. "We've got a great group coming back, but we will have to wait and see what happens."
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