TRENTON — The Acadia Fire U12 boys’ soccer team defeated Dutch Soccer Academy on penalty kicks June 10 to win the Maine State Premier League title in Freeport.
The team, which includes players from Mount Desert Island, Blue Hill, Ellsworth, Hancock, Gouldsboro and Otis, responded to an early deficit to tie the game at 1-1. Cruz Coffin provided the opener for Acadia Fire on an assist from Kal Laslie.
Coffin scored his second goal of the game in extra time after firing a cross from Ellis Columber past the goalkeeper. Yet DSA made it 2-2 moments later, and the game would come down to penalties.
Corin Baker, Columber, Caden Braun, Coffin and Laslie stepped up to the penalty spot in the shootout, and the team scored on four of its five attempts. Goalkeeper Jameson Weir came up with two big saves to deny DSA, and Acadia Fire won the shootout 4-3 to cap off a dramatic championship game win.
Other team members are Jacob Bagley, Ian Gatcomb, Gavin Hunt, Aubrey King, Owen Frank and Gavin Boles. The team is coached by Michael Curless and David Baker.
The win marked the second Maine State Premier League title and third championship game appearance for Trenton-based Acadia Fire in the 2018 spring season. The U14 team won the title over DSA on June 3, and the U16 team fell in its final against Westbrook-based Rosevelt Soccer Club.
Acadia Fire is currently looking to fill rosters for this fall’s traveling season. Contact Curless at [email protected]