LINCOLN, Maine — Two years spent raising almost $20,000 culminated Saturday for the SAD 67 Boosters Club when the Mattanawcook Academy boys and girls soccer clubs played Piscataquis Community High School of Guilford.
The boys team lost 2-1 and the girls team tied Guilford 2-2, but boosters club Vice President Jana Pierce still saw the day as a win-win for the boosters and the MA student body.
“It’s been a lot of work that we have accomplished, and we have received a lot of support from the community, too,” Pierce said Saturday. “We got a lot of support that we didn’t know we were going to have when we started.”
It’s the second year for club soccer at MA, but the games Saturday were the first played on the new MA soccer field. The new goals and flags, field maintenance, and some new uniforms, were paid for with $19,012 the boosters raised, said Dolly Phillips, the boosters club’s treasurer.
Pierce and girls coach Stephanie Thurlow hope that support shows itself when the boosters club goes before the SAD 67 Board of Directors on Oct. 1 to request that the board approve soccer as a varsity sport for the 2009-10 school year.
With about 60 boys and girls participating, the soccer teams have helped ensure that 41 percent of the MA student body participates in a sport, Pierce said. The football team and cheerleaders drew 66 students; golf and cross country teams, 27; and field hockey, 32.
To draw that many students in an area whose sports — and occasionally, whose politics — is dominated by football is no mean achievement, Pierce said. The soccer boosters had to overcome some political resistance to get as far as they have.