ORONO — There can be disadvantages that go with coaching your son or daughter.
It can also be challenging for the son or daughter.
But you wouldn’t know it from talking to Orono High School girls soccer coach Cid Dyjak, whose daughter, Analies Ross-Dyjak, is his leading scorer.
“It’s been wonderful,” said Dyjak, who is in his 29th year coaching the Orono girls. “I’ve put in a lot more time coaching her than people think, beginning when she was young.”
“It’s a great experience for me,” he added. “She’s a great person.”
The feeling is mutual.
“It’s so much fun. He has taught me so much over the years,” said Analies. “It’s kind of sad to see it end after next year.”
Dyjak feels he has been a “little harder on his daughter” than his other players.
“I expect a little bit more from her because I know she knows (what to do),” explained Dyjak. “But I always have to temper that. I always have to think about it. I have to understand that my daughter is in a tough spot as well. A couple of years ago, a player was always reminding me ‘I know she’s your daughter but you’ve got to take it easy on her right now.’”
Dyjak is no stranger to family dynamics.
“My father (Charlie) was my coach and he was a heck of a lot harder on me and my brothers than he was on the other kids,” chuckled Dyjak.
Analies said her father treats her like any other player.
“He doesn’t play favorites. He’s obviously coached me a lot. I love playing for him,” said Analies. “He knows a lot about the game. He’s an all-around good coach and I’m lucky he’s my dad.”
The Orono players said they don’t notice any favoritism at all.
“We don’t even think of her as the coach’s daughter,” said senior Caleigh Paul. “(Their relationship) is good. It works.”
“He treats her just like everyone else,” said senior Laura Triandafillou. “We’re all really close to Cid, so it’s just like the same thing for everyone.”
Dyjak said his daughter has had the good fortune to be surrounded by other coaches “so she understands what a coach has to do.”
She acknowledged that there is extra motivation for her because of her dad.
“I want to impress him and I want him to be proud of me,” said Analies.
“She has had a very good year. She is a wonderful passer of the ball. I’m so proud of that. I cherish that skill,” said Dyjak. “I always like to have a wonderful organizer and distributor in the central midfield.”
Analies has 17 goals and “10 or 11 assists,” according to her dad.
She said she has taken on a more vocal leadership role because she wants her dad and her team to be successful. She said she loves playing with this group of girls.
“At halftime, if we’re having a bad game or our heads are down, you have to take it upon yourself to pick the team up. I’m doing that more than ever this year,” she said.
The 11-3-1 Red Riots, the third seed in Eastern Maine Class C, will travel to play No. 2 Fort Kent 10-4-1, for a Friday semifinal.
“We have a little bit of revenge on our minds,” said Analies. “We lost to them in penalty kicks (1-0 in the EM final) last year.”
ROSSIGNOL LIGHTING IT UP
Parise Rossignol had an impressive season for Van Buren High School’s soccer team a year ago.
As a freshman, Rossignol had 27 goals and nine assists and led the Crusaders to the Eastern Maine Class D championship. She was an All-Eastern Maine (all players) and All-Eastern Maine Class D selection.
She has had an ever better year this season and will lead her fifth-seeded Crusaders into Friday’s semifinal against top seed Washburn (14-0-1).
Rossignol has 31 goals and 14 assists, according to Van Buren coach Jay Edgecomb.
“She’s definitely stronger this year. She has added more muscle,” said Edgecomb. “For someone who isn’t real big, she’s very strong. She’s dangerous from anywhere on the field. She has scored a couple of goals from 35 yards out. She scored on two corner kicks against Southern Aroostook. They have a very wide field. Not many girls can kick the ball that far into the far corner.”
One of the reasons for her improvement is a growth spurt, she said.
“I grew two or three inches from last year,” said Rossignol, who is now in the 5-foot-6, 5-foot-7 range and weighs 120 pounds. “That has helped.”
“I wasn’t as physically ready for high school last year. But now I’ve gotten used to it,” said Rossignol.
Edgecomb said she has a terrific work ethic and one of the positive byproducts is the development of her left foot.
“I’ve scored a lot more left-footed goals this year,” said Rossignol. “I’ve worked on it. I like to practice a lot.”
As can be expected, Rossignol has been marked heavily this year, often being double-teamed.
“It’s not really fun but if they mark me (with two or more players), someone else is open,” said the daughter of former University of Maine basketball guard Matt Rossignol.
She knows one of her best friends will be marking her on Friday in Washburn stopper Nicole Olson.
“I play AAU basketball with a lot of the Washburn girls,” said Rossignol. “They’re some of my best friends. I hang out with them all the time. It’s pretty fun.”
She added that the friendships add to the rivalry.
“You don’t want to lose to your best friends,” said Rossignol who wants another shot at the state championship after last year’s 1-0 loss to Richmond in the state title game.
“It’s not fun losing in the state game. I want to redeem myself,” said Rossignol who added that her team has “progressed a lot” since the start of the season.