BRUNSWICK — Playing in one of the summer’s biggest youth soccer tournaments, boys’ soccer players from throughout Hancock County finished among the very best.
Acadia Fire’s 2019 spring season concluded Sunday with four boys’ teams competing in the Coastal Summer Challenge. The club sent three teams to the finals in their respective brackets and advanced another to the semifinals in what was a strong showing in Cumberland County.
“This was a good achievement since most of our teams were playing with younger players,” Acadia Fire Director Michael Curless said. “For example, our U19 team was mostly U17 players.”
At the U10 level, Acadia Fire entered the tournament having gone 8-0 in the regular season. The team then went 2-0-1 in pool play with a 7-0 win over Seacoast United Select, a 1-1 draw with Seacoast United Premier and a 3-1 win over Seacoast United North.
Following pool play, Acadia Fire U10 found itself in what coach Anthony Mourino called an “unlikely, perfect tie” with Seacoast United Premier as the two were level on points, goals scored and goals allowed. That forced the two teams to go to a penalty shootout, which Acadia Fire would win on the eighth kick to book its place in the title game.
“[We] had some great games,” said Mourino, whose team fell to Seacoast South Premier in the title game after the dramatic shootout win. “After the excitement, we lost in the finals to a great team. The wet conditions and long weekend caught up to our roster of nine in the finals.”
Acadia Fire also found itself in a tight group battle in U19 play, where each of the three teams in Pool A finished with one win and one loss. Advancing on points, Acadia Fire edged Dirigo Premier in the semifinals before losing the title game to River City Athletics on a last-second goal.
The other championship game appearance for Acadia Fire came at the U12 level, where the team lost to GPS Maine Phoenix after earning a 3-0 victory over Seacoast North in the semifinals. In the U15 tournament, Acadia Fire fell 3-0 in the semifinals after defeating Seacoast Premier 3-1 in the second game of pool play to advance.
On the girls’ side, the Ellsworth Travel U12 team advanced to the semifinals after beating Maranacook 1-0 to claim second place in Pool A. The Ellsworth team was then eliminated with a 2-0 loss to Brunswick.
A total of 267 teams from all over New England, Quebec and Atlantic Canada participated in this year’s Coastal Summer Challenge. Bowdoin College served as the primary location for the tournament Brunswick High School, Brunswick Junior High School, Freeport High School and Hyde School in Bath among various hosts for the remaining games.
Tryouts for fall travel teams will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. today, June 27 (for those born between Aug. 1, 2005, and July 31, 2007), 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, July 1 (for those born between Aug. 1, 2009, and July 31, 2012) and Tuesday, July 2 (for those born between Aug. 1, 2007, and July 31, 2009). Prospective players are asked to wear indoor shoes for tryouts.
For more information, go to www.AcadiaFireSoccer.com or contact Acadia Fire via phone (669-4969) or email ([email protected]).