The Maine Sting won’t make the National Premier Soccer League playoffs, but they can claim second place in the Northeast Atlantic Division with a win over Long Island Academy in their season finale tonight at 6 at the Hampden Academy field.
The Sting is 3-2-2 in its second season after going 0-5-4 a year ago.
“Obviously, we’re disappointed that we didn’t make the playoffs. Boston [Aztec] has already clinched it. Only one team from our league makes it this year. But one of our goals is to not lose at home. And we want to finish on a high note,” said Sting coach Jukka Masalin.
The Sting has gone 2-0-1 at home while playing at three different fields.
The Sting and Long Island Academy battled to a 2-2 tie in New York on June 11 and the two are vying for second place.
“They’re a very technical team. They play quickly and they like to play attacking soccer,” said Masalin. “Set pieces will play a big role.”
“It should be a very entertaining game. We can score goals and they’ve proven they can score goals,” said Masalin. “It could be high-scoring.”
Former Bangor High School soccer and hockey standout Dylan George, who plays for the University of New Hampshire, has a team-high four goals and midfielder Teja Barkman has three, according to Masalin.
Masalin said center backs Yates Murphy and Colin Reilly have been stellar and the goalkeeping tandem of Cole Davidson and UNH’s Colin O’Donnell has been solid.
O’Donnell, who was 6-6-3 with a 1.28 goals-against average and a .710 save percentage for UNH as a sophomore last fall, has played the last three games and is 2-0-1. He will get the start tonight.