Co-ed members of the U14 Boys’ Acadia Fire Premier Team hold their championship cup after defeating Dutch Soccer Academy 5-0 at Thomas College in Waterville on Sunday, June 3. From left, Walker St. Germain, Addi Laslie, Lelia Weir and Henry Lester. PHOTO COURTESY OF KATE WEIR

Co-ed AFFC team wins soccer championship

WATERVILLE — The Acadia Fire FC under-14 coed team defeated the Dutch Soccer Academy team from Camden 5-0 at Thomas College Sunday to win the Maine State Premier League’s U14 boys’ division on Sunday.

The team played a quick passing possession-oriented game, working together to create goal-scoring opportunities.

The first goal was scored by Cole Watson of MDI, who received a long cross-field pass, before dribbling past two defenders to place his shot past the goalkeeper. The second goal came later in the first half when a corner kick from Henry Lester was turned into the goal by Ieuan Howell.

Soon after halftime, Howell was on the scoresheet again when a fast break was set into motion with a pass from Eduardo Figueroa-Flores of Milbridge to Watson and on to Finn Baker of Hancock, who played a through-ball to Howell.

Two more goals were scored by Howell, with assists by Cyrus Blake of Brooklin and Lelia Weir of Bar Harbor.

The Acadia Fire defense was led by Caelan Billings of Sullivan, with Evan Donnell keeping a shutout in goal.

This was the first time a co-ed team won the boys’ league title, said SoccerMaine President Shari Levesque.

Members of the co-ed team are Addi Laslie, Billings, Watson, Blake, Darren Easler, Figueroa-Flores, Donnell, Baker, Henning Reinholdt, Lester, Howell, Weir, Lexi Coombs, Luke Perry, Miles Burr, Monte Weaver, Riley Donahue, Walker St. Germain and Westy Granholm.

The team is coached by Michael Curless and David Baker, with Jaime Weir as team manager.

The U16 boys’ team fell 1-3 to the Rosevelt Soccer Club of southern Maine in the finals.

“Acadia Fire is proud of the commitment and hard work these kids have been putting into soccer since November,” said Emily Ellis of Acadia Fire. “They all just love to play the game, and it shows in the way work as a team together with great skill and grace on the field. They really are a fun team to watch play soccer.”



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