Local soccer teams advance to nationals

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The Portland Phoenix USL Super Y League first-year soccer entry, featuring players from Forecaster Country, has qualified both its U-15 and U-17 boys’ teams for the national finals in Florida in November. It’s the first time any team from Maine has qualified. U-17 qualified as group winners with a game to spare, recording seven wins and a tie. The U-15s did things the hard way, recovering from one win in their first four games, to go the remainder of the season unbeaten and finish with a 6-2-4 record.

U-15 team back row (left to right): Coach Ali Bain, Ryan Maguire, Andrew Jones, Derek Morin, Malcolm Steele, Stephen Berenyi.

Middle row: Sam Predham, Donny Hodges, Nem Kaurin, Sam Leishman, Abu Mannocchi, Andrew Flanagan.

Front row:  Adam Cohen, Andy Murry, Robby Lentine, Dana King, Andrew Schwartz, Nate Fox.