Saturday was a historic day for Mount Desert Island soccer, because the No. 3 Trojans dominated the No. 2 Greely Rangers 28-0 to win their first ever soccer state championship.
The Trojans’ victory within the 8-player Giant title sport capped a 9-1 season. It was a well-balanced effort, with MDI scoring touchdowns on the bottom, within the air and on protection.
“We simply have athletes, man,” senior quarterback Spencer Laurendeau stated. “Everybody of us contributes. It doesn’t matter whose fingers the ball is in.”
Greely completed the season 6-4, after going winless final 12 months in its first energetic soccer season since 2018.
MDI broke it open lower than 5 minutes into the third quarter, scoring twice. First, senior quarterback Spencer Laurendeau aired out a 38-yard landing cross to a large open Cal Hodgdon, and just some performs later junior Evan MacKenzie returned a Greely fumble for a 17-yard landing.
The run-first Trojans turned to their passing sport just a few occasions on Saturday, however cashed in on it after they did.
Within the second quarter, the Trojans caught the Rangers missing with a 29-yard flea-flicker from senior working again Jacob Shields to junior wideout Jarron Biekert. Shields truly underthrew Biekert ultimately zone, however Beikert miraculously held on after getting pressured by the oncoming Ranger defender and practically dropping the cross.
“It felt like gradual movement, truthfully,” Biekert stated. “It hit my fingers, I bobbled it slightly bit, and I simply needed to deliver it in.”
Beikert’s landing capped off a powerful 79-yard Trojan drive within the dying minutes earlier than halftime. His circus catch despatched the MDI trustworthy right into a frenzy.
On the bottom, workhorse Laurendeau punched in MDI’s first landing from one-yard out midway by the primary quarter. The senior ran for 138 yards on 24 carries on Saturday, and 172 yards (plus 4 TDs) on 44 carries in opposition to No. 1 Camden Hills in final week’s North regional remaining.
Laurendeau believed his workforce’s historic championship run got here all the way down to their tight-knit nature, preparation, and want.
“We’ve come collectively as a household — we deal with one another like brothers, not simply on the sector,” Laurendeau stated. “We misplaced to Waterville final 12 months [as the No. 1 seed], and Coach Shields reminded us all 12 months how a lot we didn’t like that feeling. Everyone knows how a lot this group needed it.”