Local players garner honors

Posted Dec. 06, 2009, at 10:08 p.m.

Bangor High School senior striker Nick George, Ellsworth High School senior midfielder Zack Emeigh and Hampden Academy junior striker Grahan Safford were among those chosen to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s All-New England team along with Caribou High School junior striker Jenna Selander.

The awards were announced at a banquet at the Spectacular Events Center in Bangor on Sunday.

Falmouth High School senior striker Gabe Hoffman-Johnson, who will attend Dartmouth College in the fall, was named an All-American along with Waterville High School junior striker Jordan Pellerin. Hoffman-Johnson is a two-time All-American.

The Maine soccer coaches picked George as the state’s player of the year in Class A; Hoffman-Johnson was the Class B choice, Fort Kent striker Tom Levesque was the C selection and Bangor Christian midfielder Brandon Wilcox was the Class D Player of the Year.

In girls soccer, Pellerin and Brunwick forward Allison Walton were named the co-players of the year in A; York High School midfielder Emma Clark was the Class B pick; Waynflete of Portland striker Morgan Woodhouse was the C selection and Southern Aroostook of Dyer Brook midfielder Liz Goodall was the Class D Player of the Year.

Hoffman-Johnson led Falmouth to its third state Class B championship in four years by scoring 28 goals including the game-winner in Falmouth’s 3-0 win over Ellsworth in the state championship game.

The dynamic Pellerin scored a school-record 51 goals for Waterville this season and now has 132 for her career.

George, Emeigh and Safford were the offensive catalysts for their respective teams. They were joined on the All-New England boys team by Hoffman-Johnson, Brunswick back Justin Rosner and Scarborough striker Trevor Hoxsie.

George, a prolific playmaker and goal scorer who was always dangerous in one-on-one situatiosn with opposing defenders, led the Rams to a berth in the Eastern Maine Class A final with his 16 goals and 11 assists.

Emeigh, the possessor of a powerful and accurate shot who could score from anywhere, led the Eagles to an EM championship with his 16 goals and 5 assists.

Safford is a bonafide finisher who led the Broncos with his 17 goals and two assists.

Selander could both score and distribute the ball as evidenced by her 18 goals and 9 assists. She led fifth seed Caribou to upset wins over fourth seed Gardiner and top seed and previously unbeaten Presque Isle in the playoffs as she notched three goals and an assist in the two wins.

She was accompanied on the All-New England team by Pellerin, Clark, Woodhouse, Brunswick forward Allison Walton and Winslow midfielder Jordyn Mallett.

Levesque, a junior, scored 24 goals and assisted on four other to lead Fort Kent to the Eastern Maine Class C championship.

Bangor Christian senior Wilcox had 12 goals and 2 assists despite missing five games due to a back injury. He scored eight of Bangor Christian’s 11 post-season goals including the game-winning penalty kick in the 2-1 win over Richmond in the state final.

Goodall, a senior, led Southern Aroostook to its second straight state Class D title as she collected 15 goals and 4 assists.

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