Acadia Fire sparks soccer fun, fitness

first_img Keene appeals his 2019 murder conviction – July 30, 2020 Bio The 2014 Acadia Fire U12 team, the first coed team to make it to the state final in the boys’ division, were runners up at the state cup finals this weekend. Back, from left, coach Michael Curless, Sarah Shea, Aidan Stearns, Will Larson, Finn Sheehan, Leao Nelson, Treyan Nelson, Spencer Dominy, Riley Evans and Brian Dominy; front, from left, Keegan Omlor, Mason Tupper, Colin Lacasse, Ryder Watson, Daisy Granholm and Julian Walls.PHOTO COURTESY OF ACADIA FIRETRENTON — The Acadia Fire FC soccer academy is gearing up for its winter-spring season.It will be the first full winter in their new “Fire House” indoor turf field across from the Hancock County SPCA on Route 3. Programs for the upcoming ten-week season begin Dec. 1 and include groups for ages 5-18. Open houses are set for Nov. 18 and 20 for information, program sign-ups and pickup soccer. Players should wear indoor or turf shoes.“For all the kids, it’s really about improving their skills,” AFFC founder and coach Michael Curless said. “Every age group can get better. We call it deliberate practice, meaning we’re strongly focused on helping each player learn. It’s a unique program that way. We believe that if you have a positive environment, you’ll learn better. The more they learn, the more they like it.”Programs include agility and speed training, drills for running at different angles and stopping and starting quickly. “The more agile you are, the fewer injuries you’re going to have,” Curless said.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe program has supported competitive success for its own teams, the Mount Desert Island High School teams and beyond. “Most of the MDI boys and several of the girls played Acadia Fire for a lot of years,” Curless said.Youth Academy and Advanced Academy programs meet once or twice per week. High schoolers often are able to participate in a school winter sport and participate in Acadia Fire as well. Scrimmage games are held Sundays, and no travel is expected. A scholarship fund is available for players needing financial assistance.League play including travel is set to begin again in Feb. 2015, with teams selected from participants in winter clinics and February tryouts.A new Soccer Fit program is planned for early afternoons after the school day ends for high schoolers, four days per week. Curless and a professional trainer will lead soccer-specific strength training and conditioning.The fall season ended on a high note for the Acadia Fire U12 (under-12) team this past weekend at a Portland-area Soccer Maine tournament. They were the first ever coed team to play in a boys’ division and make it to the finals, Curless said. They entered the playoffs seeded third in the state among 33 teams.Acadia Fire won all three of their bracket games including the quarterfinal in October. The finals, planned for Nov. 2, were postponed to Nov. 9 due to the storm.“As we got deeper into the state cup tournament, the teams were bigger, stronger and faster; we were able to outplay them,” Curless said. They defeated Bonny Eagle 2-1 in overtime Sunday morning with a free kick by Finn Sheehan. The win qualified them for the state cup final in the afternoon against York. The final was tied at halftime, but York pulled out three quick goals to become state champions.More information is available at acadiafiresoccer.com. Latest posts by Liz Graves (see all) Liz GravesReporter at Mount Desert IslanderFormer Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.center_img Latest Posts Luchini named to Maine Running Hall of Fame – August 12, 2020 MDI Hospital to begin contact tracing – August 5, 2020last_img