Ellsworth’s Addi Laslie sprints her way into the attacking third during a 2020 high school girls’ soccer game against George Stevens Academy in Ellsworth. Laslie, who scored 28 goals for the Eagles this season, will continue her education and soccer-playing career at Husson University. FILE PHOTO

Ellsworth girls’ soccer’s Laslie to play at Husson

BANGOR — A player who helped lead a major turnaround for the Ellsworth girls’ soccer program is staying close to home.

Ellsworth’s Addi Laslie will continue her education and soccer-playing career at Husson University, the Bangor school announced Thursday. The announcement follows a standout season by the Ellsworth senior, who led the Eagles in goals as the team posted its best campaign in nearly a decade.

Laslie scored 28 goals this year for Ellsworth while also providing nine assists. The senior’s high-scoring season included an impressive three hat tricks in the Eagles’ first five games as well as another three-goal effort Oct. 2 in the team’s 5-0 victory over Caribou.

“I’m super excited to start this new chapter in my life,” Laslie told The American. “I’ve worked really hard to get to where I am today. I’m very thankful for my coaches, family and teammates who have helped me get here. I will definitely miss Ellsworth next year, but [I am] very excited for the future.”

Laslie was chosen as an All-Penobscot Valley Conference selection this season following her strong senior campaign. She was also named a regional all-star by the Maine Soccer Coaches Association and earned the state’s United Soccer Coaches Player of the Week distinction for the week of Sept. 6-12 after her hot start to the year.

As an incoming freshman at Ellsworth in 2018, Laslie joined a girls’ soccer program that had not made a playoff appearance in five years. She scored eight goals in her first year with the program as the Eagles won seven games to snap their postseason drought.

Laslie then scored seven goals and added six assists as a sophomore to help lead Ellsworth to its first playoff win in seven years. After scoring five goals in last year’s abbreviated campaign, Laslie broke out with her 28-goal effort this year to lead the Eagles to a 13-4 finish and regional semifinal berth in one of the program’s best-ever seasons.

At Husson, Laslie joins a program fresh off an 11-5-2 season, the program’s best mark since posting a 14-6-1 record in 2010. In a statement, Husson head coach Dennis Mullins spoke highly of Laslie, who plans to study secondary education and English at the school.

​​“Addi brings a variety of talents to our team,” Mullins said. “Not only was she an all-state selection in her high school class, but she led her team in goals as well. She demonstrates great speed, excellent technical skill and can also play from the back in a defensive role.”

Hancock County players earn MSCA All-Star honors

Four Hancock County soccer players were announced Tuesday as Maine Soccer Coaches Association All-Star recipients.

Bucksport’s Ella Hosford was one of seven players statewide selection to the MSCA All-Region team. The junior was selected alongside Hermon’s Sydney Gallop, Cape Elizabeth’s Maggie Cochran and Emily Supple, Maranacook’s Emily Harper and Windham’s Sarah Talon and Abbey Thornton.

Hosford set the state’s all-time single-season scoring record this year as she bagged 61 goals for the Golden Bucks, who went 17-1 and claimed the Class C North championship. She had previously broken Bucksport’s all-time scoring mark Oct. 5 with her 64th career goal in the team’s 13-1 victory over Shead.

Local girls selected to the MSCA All-Northern Maine team were Hosford, Laslie and Mount Desert Island’s Lelia Weir, the latter of whom led the Trojans to a regional final berth this season as an All-PVC first-team selection. On the boys’ side, Sumner’s Caelan Billings was an All-Northern Maine selection.

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]thamerican.com.

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