Kevin Frederick is a senior striker on the Hermon boys soccer team.
His dad, Ken, is the head coach of the school’s brand new varsity football program.
Same family, different brands of football.
“I considered playing football my freshman year,” said Kevin Frederick on Wednesday after the Hawks’ 2-0 soccer victory at Orono. “He tried to talk me into it, but my heart wasn’t into it.”
The younger Frederick did play some youth football back in the day, but once he discovered the world’s version of the sport he was hooked.
“Football really wasn’t my thing, I had played it when I was younger and just got burnt out of it.” he said. “I picked up soccer in middle school and started playing goal and I’ve gone from there.”
Frederick was Hermon’s starting goalie last fall, but switched to striker this year to boost the Hermon offense.
And while the Hawks admittedly have struggled at time to finish off offensive forays, Frederick’s presence up front has helped Hermon move into sixth place in the Eastern Maine Class B Heal point ratings with a 3-2-1 record.
“Kevin can really kick the ball, he moves with the ball well and he shields well,” said Hermon boys varsity soccer coach Scott Deabay. “He had some shots that just missed today, but he’s usually dead on.”
HIGGINS CLOSES IN ON 500
Ellsworth’s 6-0 boys soccer victory at Bucksport on Wednesday not only improved the Eagles’ record this season to 7-0, but it also was the 499th career victory for longtime head coach Brian Higgins.
Higgins, now 499-95-42 since arriving in Ellsworth in 1974, will have his first chance to earn win No. 500 next Wednesday night at home against Hermon, a team the Eagles defeated 2-0 in their earlier meeting this season on Sept. 7.
So far this season Ellsworth has outscored its opposition 29-1 while accumulating six shutouts.
Only Matt Melanson has scored a goal against the Eagles this season, that coming during a 5-1 Ellsworth victory at Old Town on Sept. 12.
Since then Ellsworth has gone more than 332 minutes without allowing a goal, a streak it will take into its rematch against Hermon.
Game time is 6 p.m. at Del Luce Stadium.