Thorbin Trebing is a German exchange student who has made an immediate impact for the Old Town High School boys soccer team.
Trebing has scored 13 of Old Town’s 28 goals through nine games.
The Coyotes are 5-4.
“He can dribble in a closet,” said Old Town coach Mark Graffam. “He’s very good with the ball. He scored one of the prettiest goals I’ve ever seen against Washington Academy. He took the ball and volleyed it into the upper corner. He has a rocket for a shot.”
Graffam said Trebing is highly skilled and he has a knack for the net.
“He can finish (score). He can take the ball out of the air and put it right down to his feet,” said Graffam.
Graffam also saud Trebing is the type player who makes the players around him better.
“He has added a great piece to our team,” said Old Town senior co-captain and midfielder David Wilcox. “He fits in well with all the guys on the team. It’s fun having him with us.”
Wilcox said Trebing is a quality player who is unselfish with the ball.
“If he sees somebody open, he’ll pass the ball to him,” said Wilcox.
Orono High School striker Mathew Cloutier and forward Miguel Caballero said Trebing causes problems for opposing defenses.
“He’s a really skilled player. It’s tough getting the ball from him,” said Cloutier.
“He has good moves and he’s fast. You have to try to keep him to the outside,” said Caballero.
Trebing said he became interested in attending school in the United States in 2008.
“I came to Boston with my soccer team,” explained Trebing.
He is enjoying himself so far.
“The people here are very nice. It’s awesome,” said Trebing.
He said there has been an adjustment but has been happy with the way he has played so far.
The style of soccer is different than it is in Germany, he said.
“It’s more aggressive here,” he said.
Hampden boys playing well
Hampden Academy boys soccer coach Josh Stevens had a daunting task this season: Replacing prolific striker Graham Safford.
So far, so good.
The Broncos are off to a 5-2-1 start.
“I really think (the key) has been our experience,” said Stevens. “A lot of these guys have played for me since they were freshmen. We have nine seniors and two juniors (in the starting lineup). They’re used to my system.”
The heir apparent to Safford was Ben Clark but he suffered a knee injury in a 0-0 double-overtime tie against defending state champion Bangor.
Clark has been sidelined but could return any time.
In his absence, senior John Meehan has picked up the slack, along with freshmen Tristan Gardner and Dan Good.
“Dan had two goals and an assist in five minutes against Cony,” said Stevens.
The Broncos have been strong up the middle and have been extremely stingy.
They allowed just five goals through their first eight games with three coming in a 3-1 loss to Lawrence of Fairfield.
They have scored 20 goals.
Cameron Libbey has been superb in the central midfield, according to Stevens, and anchoring the back line has been Kent Reichel.
And Stevens said he has been receiving outstanding goalkeeping from Logan Poirier.