AUBURN — The Maroons know if they are to get in the win column, they'll need faster starts.
Auburn boys soccer fell to Jamesville-DeWitt 3-0 Tuesday at Auburn High School to drop its third game to start the season. The Red Rams outshot the Maroons 16-9 and had seven corner kicks to Auburn's three.
All three of the Maroons' corner attempts were in the second half.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first half, Boyd moved goalkeeper Michael Morrissey into the field to try and create a spark for the offense. It worked — Morrissey had a chance late in the game on a near breakaway that was snuffed out by Jamesville-DeWitt goalie Alex Carbacio. The Maroons nearly scored on another chance directly following a corner kick, but Nick Dec's shot sailed a foot over the net.
Auburn coach Mike Boyd knows he faces a dilemma with Morrissey, who denied a handful of scoring chances by the Red Rams in the first half to keep the contest within one score.
"I've got to figure out what I'm going to do from a goalie standpoint," Boyd said. "I've got a fantastic goalie who is also a fantastic field player. When Mike is on the field, he gives us a spark. I've got some decisions to make. He changes the dynamic of the game, but we can't give up something on the back side when he comes out."
Morrissey finished with six saves between the pipes for the Maroons, while Kieran Scanlan played the final 30 minutes and was credited with seven saves.
While the Maroons are a senior-heavy group this season, many of last year's starters departed due to graduation, including leading scorer Kobe Van Duyne.
"We've got a fairly big squad with 12 seniors, but we're a young team in the sense that we had a lot of starters that left from last year," Boyd said. "We've been trying to move guys into roles. They're coming along and getting better, but we just need to get better a little quicker."
Auburn (0-3) travels to Fulton on Thursday in hopes of its first win of the year, and then heads to East Syracuse-Minoa on Saturday. The Maroons fell to the Spartans 4-1 on Sept. 7.
"After making sectionals last year, I'm really hoping we can build up and get stronger with these tough teams to start the season," Boyd said. "When we go up against the teams we should be very competitive with, I hope we can put up the wins at that point."