Sumner’s Lexi Coombs takes a corner kick during the second half of a high school girls’ soccer game against Bucksport on Oct. 12 in Sullivan. 2018 was a banner year for the Tigers, who went 14-2 on the boys’ side and 10-3-2 on the girls’ side. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL

THE YEAR IN PICTURES: Sumner soccer teams have banner seasons

SULLIVAN — Sumner had a winning year on the soccer field in 2018 with the boys’ team making its first regional semifinal appearance in 29 years and the girls’ team taking a huge leap forward.

On the boys’ side, Sumner finished the year with a record of 14-2 after posting winning streaks of eight and six games. The Tigers scored 117 goals on the season as Damon Warren, a junior, set Maine’s single-season scoring record with 51 goals.

The Sumner girls’ squad started the year 0-2-1 but won its next 10 games to make the Class C North playoffs. Even with a loss to Central in the regional quarterfinals, the season was still a successful one for the Tigers, who had failed to win a single game the previous year,

Sumner is set up to have even more success in 2019. Key players such as Warren, Caelan Billings, Silas Goldfarb and Alex Rumill will return for the boys, and Rachel Colby, Lexi Coombs and Skylar Soule will be back for the girls.

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