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Wilcox’s individual skills lead to team success for Bangor Christian soccer

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Bangor Christian's Brad Wilcox (right) moves the ball away from a Richmond defender before scoring a goal in last year's state final. Wilcox has tied the state boys’ soccer career goal-scoring record entering Saturday's state final against Greenville at Falmouth High School.
By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

Brad Wilcox would be the last person to compare himself with Roger Levesque.

The Bangor Christian senior knows little about the former Falmouth soccer star and current midfielder with the Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer, but he is impressed with what he knows of Levesque’s high school career — particularly the 106 goals he scored for the Yachtsmen during the mid- and late-1990s.

“To score all those goals against the competition he faced is pretty good,” said Wilcox, whose four goals Wednesday led Bangor Christian to a 6-0 victory over Central Aroostook of Mars Hill and the Patriots’ third consecutive Eastern Maine Class D championship.

No doubt others will seek to compare Wilcox to Levesque in the coming days since Wilcox has now tied Levesque’s state boys’ soccer career goal-scoring record. It should be enough simply to celebrate both athletes’ accomplishments.

For his part, Levesque is the best soccer player this state has produced, going on to become a two-time Division I All-American at Stanford University before embarking on his ongoing eight-year MLS career.

For his part, Wilcox will not play MLS soccer, though he does want to continue his soccer career after graduating from Bangor Christian, either at Word of Life Bible College in Pottersville, N.Y., or Lancaster (Pa.) Bible College where older brother Brandon recently scored his first collegiate goal.

Levesque is listed as a solidly built 6-foot-1, 185 pounds these days. Wilcox is much smaller, often the shortest player on the field.

But like Levesque, Wilcox makes the most of the physical tools he has, and has done so for four years while playing for his father, Aaron.

“His speed and his touch on the ball are the big things,” said Central Aroostook coach Dave Collins. “He scored all those goals, but I’ll bet you the ball wasn’t on his feet more than two minutes all day long. He gets the ball and he releases and he goes. The ball comes to him, and it’s off his foot. He’s not making a move around people, he’s taking his shots and he’s beating people with his feet.”

Wilcox scored 11 goals as a freshman, then 22 as a sophomore and 44 last year. Despite missing five matches this fall due to injury, he has 29 goals heading into Saturday’s state final against Greenville — to be played, ironically, at Falmouth High School where Wilcox will have a chance to relegate that school’s signature athlete to second place in the record book.

“Brad’s just explosive,” said Bangor Christian junior midfielder Sam Proctor of his teammate on both the school’s soccer and Eastern Maine champion cross country teams. “As soon as he gets the turn he just takes off and we lay the ball through. And he has the dirtiest chop I’ve ever seen, he just knows how to handle defenders.”

Perhaps the most striking common denominator shared by the two standouts from different soccer generations rests with their ability to use their individual skills to foster team success.

Levesque led Falmouth to Class C state championships in 1996 and 1997. Wilcox will attempt to lead undefeated Bangor Christian to its third consecutive Class D state title this weekend.

“It is technically an individual record,” said Wilcox, “but with the teammates I’ve had behind me through the years to get this, it doesn’t seem like an individual record.

“Having that goal record does count for something, but I really think the credit for that goes to the teammates who have given me this opportunity.”

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