Special Olympic soccer players compete in Bangor

Posted:  Friday, November 3, 2017 - 8:45am

The Boothbay Region Special Olympics soccer teams and skill athletes traveled to Husson University in Bangor to compete in the 2017 soccer skills event on Oct. 11. It was great weather and everyone had lots of fun.

The adults, coached by Don Dixon, place fifth. They played the Navigators from Lewiston, as well as team Momentum in the finals. Goalie Danny Miller worked all angles, only allowing three goals while Donny Dunning and Matt Farnham continually worked the defense. Joey Ranco, Brenda and Ronda LeConte tried hard to score, but it just wasn’t to be, thus finishing in fifth at the end of the tourney. There were 10 adult teams competing.

Blake Chadwick and Vincent Giles entered the skills competition. They came away with medals, one in the 16-to-21-year-old division and one in the 12-t0-15-year-old division.

The Senior competition had lots of action but Boothbay could only bring back the silver medal. They were thrilled, but scoring was very hard against Oceanside. “Piper’s Son” Rankin made the first defensive play of the game. Lucian Stoddard was a standout, supported by Kelsey Hoyle, Grace Giles and Anthony Angelico.

Amber Hyson, Isaac Pray and Valerie Giles moved the ball and set the offense again and again. Zander Blake played in goal and shared the duties with Grace Giles in the final. Oceanside won the gold.