Two of Eastern Maine’s best soccer players will be staying in the area to begin their college careers.
Bangor High School striker Phil Frost, who led Bangor to the state Class A championship, and Ellsworth High School midfielder/back Andrew Austin, who guided Ellsworth to the Eastern Maine Class B championship, will play for Husson University in Bangor beginning this fall.
“I’m really excited. Although I’m new to state of Maine, I feel these are, by far, two of the best players in Maine,” said Husson coach Jeff Gettler, whose Eagles went 3-13 (2-5 in the North Atlantic Conference) in his first season this past fall.
“They are both two-sport captains who are used to winning and they are quality kids on and off the field,” said Gettler. “They will be two of the leaders in their class. They are the perfect kinds of players for our team or any team.”
Frost was also a hockey standout at Bangor while Austin starred in basketball as well as soccer.
Frost scored 26 goals for the Rams this past season including three in the 3-2 win over Portland in the state Class A title game. That tied the school record.
Austin is a highly-skilled playmaker who is best known for his flip throw-ins that were every bit as effective, if not more so, than corner kicks.
“Phil is strong, athletic and good in the air,” said Gettler who also considers him a prolific goal-scorer. “He can play with his back to the goal. He has some special qualities.”
Gettler said Austin’s flip throw-in will give them the ability to create a scoring chance from as far away as midfield.
Frost and Austin chose Husson for similar reasons including getting a quality education.
“Husson is close to home, they are a growing soccer program and I want to grow with the program,” said Frost, who was an All-American and All-New England choice this past fall as well as being the Maine Soccer Coaches Association and Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
“Coach Gettler knows where he wants to go and what he has to do to get the team where he wants it,” said Frost, who intends to study sports management. “The price is right and everything seemed to fall into place at Husson.”
He also considered Maine Maritime Academy and Norwich.
Austin said, “I really like coach Gettler and the cost is really nice.
“I’m pretty excited. It should be an awesome experience,” said Austin who intends to study physical therapy and chose Husson over St. Joseph’s College of Standish and the University of New England in Biddeford.
“I like the fact I’m close to home, too,” said Austin, who was an All-Eastern Maine selection.
Both players know what they want to work on over the summer in preparation for their college careers.
“I’m always trying to increase my speed,” said Frost.
“I want to get stronger and I’d also like to work on my quickness and footwork,” said Austin.
The players won’t receive athletic scholarships because they aren’t allowed in NCAA Division III but all students are entitled to financial aid based on need.