Mountaineers Find Success at Final Tournament of Spring Season
June, 2013
It was a fabulous weekend for the Seacoast United Mountaineers U10 team playing in Brunswick, Maine at the Bowdoin College campus. In their last tournament of the season, the U10 Mountaineers took on four challenging teams in their division at the Coastal Summer Challenge. The U10 team played consistently well in all games. Dartagnan Birnie, Michael Mahoney, Brodey McNeil and Sarah Peternel presented a strong offense throughout the weekend.  Carter Morrissey, Kaiden McNeil and Nils Franke defended their goals valiantly as fullbacks, supporting their keepers.  Brayden Rapoza and Kaleb Reagan held strong at midfield, helping to move the ball toward the goal. Nicholas Clark played a solid role as keeper, a position he really shines at, for much of his time on the field this weekend.  For a young team, these energetic Mountaineers played a strategic passing game with good communication among their players. Coach Jeremy Souther was a huge motivater for the duration of the weekend to aid the U10 Mountaineers who finished third in their bracket with a win, a draw and two losses.
The U12 team also wrapped up their season in the Coastal Summer Challenge, earning a position as finalists in the playoffs for their division. For their first game, despite many Mountaineer shots on goal, Josh Duntley scored the only Mountaineers goal on a penalty kick, and the SUSC Maine Brunswick Dragons came away with the win.  
The Mountaineers turned things around in their second game versus Western Maine United. Brent Coope, Becca Conley, and Spencer Kiley combined to create a defensive barrier that proved to be too much for Western Maine’s offense. Quinn Demain scored early with a rebound shot off the goalie. Charlie Arinello followed with a second goal assisted by Josh Duntley. Mary Peternel’s persistence paid off, as she came away with the ball time and time again against her opponents. Duntley scored the third SUM goal of the game, for a final score of 3-1. The Mountaineers third game of the tournament was facing Bangor SC Dieuveuil. Duntley scored the first goal of his hat trick with a deflection off the keeper. Kolbe Maganzini and Nick Day held Bangor to one goal, despite many shots on net. Arinello kicked a long strike for the second goal. Anya Found was a force on defense, consistently blocking the Bangor charges and sending the ball up the field. Duntley’s final goal was scored with a sharp cut-in assist by Olivia Papp. The 4-1 win against Bangor advanced the Mountaineers to the playoffs final against the other U12 bracket winner, Seacoast United Select.  
The U12’s championship game was a culmination of a season full of teamwork and positive play. The Mountaineers were all heart when facing Seacoast United Select, and the Mountaineers kept the Select team at their lowest score of the tournament.  Although the opposing team came away with the win, the Mountaineers held their heads high.  Coaches Bill Day and Ned Schwartz were proud of their U12 players as they celebrated a second place finish at the tournament.

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