FREEPORT — After a few weekends of hard work and spirited play on the pitch, it was a storybook ending for two Pen Bay Soccer Club boys squads which netted coveted state championships on Sunday, Nov. 7 in the Soccer Maine Fall Classic Travel League at the Hunter Road Fields.

In Division I play, the Pen Bay U14 team finished an undefeated season and bested Portland Area Youth Soccer Association (PAYSA) 5-2, while the Pen Bay U12s prevailed in their playoffs and defeated the Yarmouth Colts 3-2 after two rounds of overtime and seven rounds of penalty kicks.

“None of the players — nor the coaches — will forget this day,” said PBSC president Patrick Costigan.

“I’m delighted for [club founder] Rick [Bresnahan] and his vision, the club, the volunteer coaches, the parents, and, most important, the players,” Costigan said. “The players worked hard on their skills all season, played for each other as a team throughout, and worked until the final whistle to achieve their goal. All work was rewarded with state titles.”

Pen Bay Soccer Club came into existence nearly two decades ago and these were the organization’s first state titles.

The U14 team, coached by Parker Hackett, Mike Pierce and Adam Bishop, is comprised of Liam Andersen, Simon Bishop, Liam Day-Lynch, Dom Domareki, Graham Eggena, Thomas Geddis, Jasper Hackett, Bryson Hise, Evan Kimble, Brian Leonard, Sam Mather, Brandon Nelson, McKeon Nowell, Mac Pierce, Luke Tobias and Elliot Trott.

The U12 team, coached by Joe Scordino, Lars Johnson and Alexander Abess, is made up of Hendrick Abess, Sam Bernadino, Sam Blystone, Hector Clayton, Eli Field, Oakley Grotton, Cole Hedrich, Soren Johnson, Andrew Minzer, Samuel Pike, Joseph Scordino and Silas White.

Costigan said what added to the significance of the victories was the fact each player on the roster contributed and played meaningful roles.

“Not written in the Soccer Maine rule book, however, part of Pen Bay’s fabric and embodied by its values, is player participation,” he said. Throughout the season, and in the final, coaches played every player in each half, which made the victory so much more meaningful to all.”

Earlier playoff games were played at various locations, with the championship contests on Nov. 7 in Freeport.

The following is a breakdown of Midcoast teams’ state championship runs:

Pen Bay Soccer Club’s U14 state champions. Photo courtesy of Parker Hackett

U14

The Pen Bay U14s went 9-0-1 (4-0 in playoffs) and emerged from the 21-team bracket to win the state crown.

The postseason began with two victories on Sunday, Oct. 24, a 2-0 decision over Acadia Fire and a 6-0 quarterfinal win over Gorham in games at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport.

On Sunday, Oct. 31, Pen Bay played Scarborough at Mount Ararat High School in Topsham and netted a 2-0 semifinal win.

That set up the championship final with PAYSA on Nov. 7 in Freeport as Pen Bay emerged from the battle of unbeatens with a 5-2 victory to net the state title.

Mac Pierce (goal), Kimble (2 goals), Tobias (goal) and Jasper Hackett (goal, assist) led the Pen Bay offense.

In the championship game, PAYSA jumped to a 1-0 advantage, but Pen Bay responded when Hackett found Pierce on a through-ball, as Pierce buried a shot to knot the score in the game’s early stages.

A goal by Kimble and another to follow on a lob shot by Tobias quickly put Pen Bay ahead 3-1. Hackett later hooked a free kick beautifully into the upper-right and PAYSA responded shortly after as Pen Bay held a 4-2 halftime edge.

Kimble added a second-half insurance goal to round out the scoring.

Pen Bay Soccer Club’s U12 state champions. Photo courtesy of Douglas Clayton

U12

The Pen Bay U12s went 8-2 (4-0 in playoffs) and emerged from the 14-team bracket to earn the state title.

According to coach Joe Scordino, Pen Bay’s run to the title “had a bunch of ‘Rudy’ in it, some ‘Remember the Titans’ and a whole bunch of ‘Rocky’ ” in reference to three memorable sports films that preach fierce determination.

“This season we really focused on intensity and work rate in practice, which gave us the grit and endurance to out-hustle a good team in the championship game,” said Joe Scordino. “It was so exciting to see this weekend reflect all the values we have been working on all season long.”

After the team defeated the South Portland Strikers 7-2 and Yarmouth Colts 6-3 in games played on Sunday, Oct. 31 in Falmouth, Pen Bay squared off with Brunswick in the semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 6 in Freeport with a berth in the championship game in the balance.

After two five-minute overtimes and one round of penalty kicks, Pen Bay emerged with a hard-fought, 2-1 victory.

Joseph Scordino scored one goal in regulation and added another penalty kick, while Pike also netted a penalty kick to help send Pen Bay to the finals. Clayton made four saves in net in the win.

In the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 6 in Freeport, Pen Bay squared off with the Yarmouth Colts and, after two five-minute overtimes and whopping seven rounds of penalty kicks, emerged with a hard-fought, 3-2 win to net the state crown.

There are two Yarmouth Colts teams.

In the title game, Soren Johnson scored both goals in regulation for Pen Bay, while Joseph Scordino, Soren Johnson, Hedrich and White netted penalty kicks to propel the locals to victory.

Yarmouth led 1-0 at halftime and took a quick 2-0 lead in the early stages of the second half.

“Other teams might have begun to feel that the game was over, but our players refocused and continued to play with bravery and intensity,” said coach Joe Scordino. “With confidence in our solid defense, our offense had countless excellent chances with quick movement of the ball into open spaces in the box.”

Soren Johnson cut Pen Bay’s deficit in half at the 10-minute mark and knotted the score with three minutes to play in regulation.

“With an earth-shattering cheer from the fans and players, PBSC had all the momentum and would continue to dominate play in the two extra five-minute periods,” the coach said. “It certainly felt we were destined to win this game based on the confidence we were playing with and the level of effort we were giving.”

The coach added: “This is what Pen Bay soccer is all about.”

“We divided the [U12] players into two teams so that skill levels were evenly-matched among both teams and molded them into two of the top four teams in the state for this age group,” the coach said. “In truth, every member of both Pen Bay U12 teams was an integral part of the program’s success in the championship.”

Like Yarmouth, Pen Bay also had two teams in the tournament, as the other Pen Bay U12 team fell to Yarmouth 2-1 in the semifinals. Read about the sportsmanship displayed by the two Pen Bay U12 teams earlier in the season by clicking here.

Those interested in the Pen Bay Soccer Club should contact Costigan at Costiganp@tidewater.net.