May 26, 2018
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Bangor Christian’s Wilcox, Bangor’s Robinson earn All-American soccer status

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Bradley Wilcox and Ashley Robinson led their teams to state championships this season.

Now they share another honor — NSCAA All-American.

Wilcox, a senior forward from Bangor Christian School, and Robinson, a senior forward from Bangor High School, earned the top individual honors Sunday at the 38th annual Maine Soccer Coaches Association awards banquet.

In addition, Bangor Christian boys soccer coach Aaron Wilcox — Bradley’s father — was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Region 1 (New England) private school boys soccer coach of the year after leading the Patriots to an undefeated season and their third consecutive Class D state championship.

The younger Wilcox set a state schoolboy soccer record for career goals when he scored his 107th during Bangor Christian’s victory over Greenville in the Class D state final. That broke the previous mark of 106 set by Falmouth’s Roger Levesque in the late 1990s.

Wilcox also holds the state’s schoolboy single-season goal-scoring record of 44, which he scored as a junior in 2010.

The four-year starter helped the Patriots compile a 61-7-2 record during his career, including 18-0 this season.

He was a two-time team most valuable player, a three-time All-Penobscot Valley Conference honoree and the 2011 PVC player of the year.

Wilcox became the first Class D player to be selected a Maine NSCAA All-American.

Robinson had 28 goals and 19 assists this fall in leading Bangor to an undefeated season and the school’s first Class A state championship in girls soccer.

A two-time Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first-team all-star, Robinson also led her team to two Eastern Maine Class A titles, an effort capped off this fall when coach Joe Johnson’s Rams — ranked second in the final 2011 NSCAA Region 1 (New England) poll — defeated Scarborough 4-0 in the state final.

Robinson finished her high school career with 77 goals.

On their way to earning All-American status, Wilcox and Robinson also were named All-New England.

Wilcox was joined as a boys All-New England choice by Elliot Maker of Cheverus of Portland, Rob Lentine of Windham and Andrew Jones of Scarborough. Joining Robinson as girls All-New England selections from Maine were Bangor teammate Grace Maclean, Tori Field of Morse of Bath and Melanie Vangel of Cape Elizabeth.

Named the Maine soccer coaches’ schoolboy player of the year by class were Lentine and Maker (Class A), Ian Cushing of Camden Hills of Rockport (Class B), Peabo Knoth of Waynflete of Portland (Class C) and Wilcox (Class D).

Named the Maine soccer coaches’ schoolgirl player of the year by class were Robinson (Class A), Field (Class B), Max McHugh of Central of Corinth (Class C) and Parise Rossignol of Van Buren (Class D).

Bangor’s Joe Johnson (girls) and Camden Hills’ Ryan Hurley (boys) were named Eastern Maine coaches of the year by the soccer association, while Colin Minte of Windham (boys) and Wally Leblanc of Falmouth (girls) were the Western Maine recipients.

Johnson, Minte and Bangor Christian’s Aaron Wilcox also were selected as Maine’s nominees for the NSCAA Region 1 coach of the year along with Central of Corinth girls coach Mike McHugh and St. Dominic of Auburn girls coach Kathy Little.

The state coaches association also recognized longtime Ellsworth boys soccer coach Brian Higgins for earning his 500th career victory this season.

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