BANGOR — Phil Frost had a considerable family soccer legacy to uphold as a senior at Bangor High School.
Older cousin Dylan George was named a 2005 National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American for his play with the Rams, and Dylan’s brother, Nick George, helped Bangor win its first state title in 2006.
Now Frost has the hardware to match his cousins, not only leading Bangor to the Class A state title this fall but also by being named Maine’s 2010 NSCAA All-American during the Maine Soccer Coaches Association awards banquet Sunday.
“We were spread out enough (age-wise) so we weren’t that competitive with each other,” said Frost of the on-field relationships with his cousins, “but it’s a good thing to talk about at family gatherings.”
Frost tied a school record with 26 goals this year — including three in Bangor’s 3-2 victory over Portland in the state final — to provide a scoring punch that sparked the Rams to a 17-0-1 record and led to him being named the 2010 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A player of the year. He subsequently was selected to the Eastern Maine Class A and Eastern Maine State all-star teams for the second straight year as well as the MSCA Class A player of the year and one of four MSCA All-New England honorees.
“What I like most about Phil is that he’s very humble,” said Bangor coach David Patterson. “Technically he understands the game. He’s big, he’s strong, he’s fast and he has tremendous drive. He’s also probably one of the best examples of what a captain should be that I’ve seen in my coaching experience.”
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound striker helped Bangor compile a 67-match regular-season winning streak during his three varsity seasons and finished his career as Bangor’s third-leading career scorer with 51 goals and 21 assists.
“I think the big thing about our team is the fact that we were a team,” said Frost. “It wasn’t just the 11 starters, but every kid who came off the bench worked just as hard in practice as the starting 11, and there weren’t any grudges about who was getting playing time and who wasn’t. It was the most supportive team I’ve ever seen. We were a family, and that’s what did it for us in the end.”
Patterson was named Eastern Maine coach of the year and the state’s NSCAA Region I large school coach of the year nominee after guiding the Rams to their second regional crown and first state title in his three years at the helm.
“There’s only one team that can win it all and there are a lot of things that have to go into it,” said Patterson, whose team is 49-2-2 during his tenure. “There’s a lot of hard work, a lot of talent and there’s luck that goes into it, too. And all the intangibles have to come together. They don’t come together for everyone, but they did come together for us and a lot of that had to do with the character of the boys.”
Seniors Jordan Pellerin of Waterville and Ali Walton of Brunswick joined Frost as NSCAA All-America selections. Pellerin finished as the second-leading scorer in Maine schoolgirl history with 171 goals while earning All-New England honors for the second straight year. Walton is a three-time All-New England choice.
Other girls All-New England players were Emily Lane of Sacopee Valley of South Hiram and Jenna Selander of Caribou.
Selander earned All-New England honors for the second straight year after leading Caribou to its first Eastern Maine title since 1988. The four-year starter also was a two-time Eastern B regional all-star and Eastern Maine State Team honoree.
Selander also was named Class B player of the year, while Lane (Class C) and Danica Hurley of Richmond (Class D) were similarly honored.
Other All-New England boys were Luke Pierce of Yarmouth, Dakota Duplissie of Maranacook of Readfield and Fazal Nabi of Portland.
Joining Frost as the state’s players of the year were Pierce (Class B), Thomas Levesque of Fort Kent (Class C) and Tyler Alexander of Bangor Christian (Class D).
Todd Albert of Caribou was the Eastern Maine coach of the year for girls soccer while Michael Farley of Scarborough was the Western Maine choice as well as the NSCAA Region I large school coach of the year. Kevin Murphy of Sacopee Valley was Maine’s Region I small school coach of the year nominee.
Tim Desjardins of Fort Kent was the state’s Region I small school boys coach of the year nominee, and Bangor Christian’s Aaron Wilcox was recognized in the private-school division. Rocco Frenzilli of Portland was the MSCA Western Maine boys coach of the year.