Ellsworth High School’s Paige Sawyer held her National Letter of Intent signing ceremony at UBE Physical Therapy and Performance with personal trainer Alyssa Thomas (left) and strength and conditioning coach Ursula Gammelin by her side. The Ellsworth senior signed to play at St. Joseph’s College next season. ANGELA SAWYER PHOTO

Ellsworth’s Sawyer signs to play soccer at St. Joseph’s College

ELLSWORTH — National Signing Day is almost here, and one local player marked the signing of her agreement to play at the collegiate level with a display of gratitude.

On Monday, Ellsworth girls’ soccer’s Paige Sawyer signed her National Letter of Intent last week to play the sport at St. Joseph’s College in Standish. The senior completed her signing at UBE Physical Therapy and Performance in Ellsworth.

Sawyer missed the entirety of one high school season and all but a few games in another after suffering tears to both ACLs. She tore one ACL the summer prior to her freshman year in 2018 and the other early in her junior season a year ago.

In both instances, Sawyer’s physical therapist, Alyssa Thomas, and strength and conditioning coach, Ursula Gammelin, helped guide her to a full recovery. Both Thomas and Gammelin sat alongside Sawyer on Monday as she signed her LOI.

After recovering from her initial injury, Sawyer broke out with a big sophomore year in 2019 as she scored eight goals and recorded five assists. She scored one goal in two appearances in 2020 prior to her second injury before bouncing back with 10 goals and six assists this year.

Sawyer was a first-team All-Penobscot County Conference selection as both a sophomore and a senior. She was also chosen to this year’s Maine Soccer Coaches Association All-Northern Maine team.

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