Unbeaten Rams claim second straight MCSSL crownStred, Tracey goals lead Coastal Christian to victory in double-overtime
Portland — It is the time of the fall where high school sports teams shift their focus from the grind of the regular season to the thrill of the playoffs, all with dreams of state championships dancing in the young athletes' heads.
And for one local school, that dream became a reality on Thursday, Oct. 25 at Portland's Memorial Stadium.
The Coastal Christian coed varsity team (12-0), which participates in the Maine Christian School Sports League (MCSSL), won its second straight state championship with a 2-1 win in double-overtime over Temple Academy of Waterville (10-3).
The top-seeded Rams fell behind early to the Bereans, but Harry Stred tied the game in the first half and Josh Tracey creased the net in the second overtime to lead CCS to its second straight unbeaten season.
Ram goalkeeper Matt Brown had a sensational game in net, making an astounding 40 saves on 41 shots. Isaac Manley minded the net for the Bereans.
Stred and Temple's Adam LaVerdiere traded goals in the first half of Thursday, while the two squads battled tooth and nail throughout the remainder of the contest, going scoreless through the entire second half and first overtime.
Tracey then found the net in the second overtime to clinch the state title for Coastal Christian.
This year's marks the fourth season the Rams have fielded a team and the fourth year they have competed in the state championship game, claiming two titles.
The top-seeded Rams earned a bye in the first round of the playoffs and bested No. 3 Living Waters Christian School of Buxton 9-1 in the semifinals Oct. 23 in Waldoboro to advance to the state final
Temple defeated No. 7 Grace Christian 7-1 in the quarterfinals and No. 3 Central Maine 8-0 in the semifinals. Coastal Christian beat Temple twice during the regular season, including a 3-2 win in overtime in their second contest.
The Coastal Christian junior varsity (middle school) team also competed in the MCSSL junior varsity championship, but fell 3-1 to Windham Christian.
Coastal Christian was the No. 4 seed, won its quarterfinal game over No. 5 Ossipee Valley Christian School (no score available) and then knocked off No. 1 Pine Tree Academy 4-3 after overtime and penalty kicks.
Additional information on both Coastal Christian teams' championship games will appear later with this story.
Team members for the Coastal Christian School varsity team include Cameron Allen, Lydia Brown, Matt Brown, Jesse Delano, Nate Fisher, Jubal Gilbert, Sean Hughes, Caleb Lombardo, Janna Lombardo, Vinny Lombardo, Jamie Lovely, Hayden Peaslee, Walker Reed, Logan Robitaille, Emma Sorterup, Harry Stred, Dillon Theriault, Josh Tracey, Cody Weaver and Boone Wood.The team is coached by Grant Sorterup and Stephen Tracey, manager Faye Sorterup and assistant managers Alyssa Wood and Bird Lombardo.
Team members for the Coastal Christian School junior varsity team include Thomas Cayer, Cole Chapman, David Fickett, Olivia Golden, Caroline Golden, Sawyer Hewson, Micah Hutchins, Duncan Morrell, Elijah Nicewonger, Lucas Robitaille, William Smith, Drew Sorterup, Aiden Stapp, Isaac Stred, Nathaniel Tracey, Arie Vannoy, Amber Wood, Hayden Wood, Logan Wood, Luke Wood and Rachel Wood. The team is coached by Mark Tracey, assistant coach Stephen Tracey, manager Anna Muether and assistant manager Bird Lombardo.
The following is a recap of the Coastal Christian School varsity team's semifinal playoff victory Oct. 23:
No. 1 Coastal Christian 9, No. 3 Living Waters Christian 1
At Waldoboro Oct. 23, the Rams had no trouble with the visitors and rolled to the MCSSL title game.
Stred tallied four goals for the winners, while Tracey added three scores and Allen and Gilbert each one. Matt Brown made 21 saves in net for the hosts.
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