Wednesday, April 16, 2014
During the summer, Phil Frost would go to his coach with a specific request.
Phil Frost’s offseason regimen included hours practicing free kicks and organizing player get-togethers to promote team unity. The result: honors for him, a state title for the Rams.
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Phil Frost, Bangor, senior forward
The Maine Sunday Telegram MVP, Frost is an All-American and All-New England selection who scored 26 goals and added eight assists to lead Bangor to the Class A title. Frost also was named the state's Class A player of the year by the Maine Soccer Coaches Association.
Dakota Duplissie, Maranacook, senior forward
A forward with speed and size, Duplissie led Class B with 30 goals and helped the Black Bears to an undefeated regular season.
Thomas Levesque, Fort Kent, senior forward
Levesque scored 21 goals and added seven assists, helping Fort Kent to the Class C title. He was named the Class C player of the year by the Maine Soccer Coaches Association for the second year in a row.
Michael Bloom, Falmouth, senior forward
Bloom, a four-year varsity player, scored 11 goals and added five assists for the Yachtsmen. In two seasons, Bloom scored 25 goals.
Fazal Nabi, Portland, senior midfielder
A three-time All-Stater and an All-New England pick, Nabi had 20 goals and 17 assists to help the Bulldogs to the Class A final, their first in 16 years.
Luke Pierce, Yarmouth, senior midfielder
An All-New England selection, Pierce scored 16 goals and six assists to help the Clippers win their second Class B title in three years, capping off an undefeated season.
Josh Allen, Presque Isle, senior midfielder
Allen was Class B's second-leading goal scorer with 26 goals and added eight assists.
Sam White, Falmouth, senior midfielder
Considered one of the state's top two-way players, White scored 13 goals and added six assists for the Yachtsmen, who reached the Western Class B final.
Seth Wing, Gorham, senior back
One of the Rams' strongest defensive players, Wing led a Rams defense with strong tactical play and established a presence in front of the goal. Wing helped Gorham to the Western Class A title game and scored two goals.
Garrett Brann, Brunswick, senior back
Brann helped the Dragons to the Eastern Class A title game and was a leader on a defense that regrouped from graduation losses after the 2009 season, as the Dragons posted 11 shutouts this year.
Jordan Carter, Ellsworth, senior goalie
A season after suffering a broken arm, Carter returned to post 10 shutouts and make 76 saves to help Ellsworth reach the Class B championship game.
Coach of the Year
Rocco Frenzilli, Portland
In his 35th season with the Portland High soccer team, Frenzilli led the Bulldogs to their first state final appearance since 1994. Portland also established itself as one of Western Class A's top teams during the regular season, as the Bulldogs earned the second seed in Western Class A and finished 15-2-1, a record that included a 14-game winning streak.
From time to time he would ask David Patterson, the Bangor boys' soccer coach, for the key to the equipment shed by the high school soccer field, where he retrieved several soccer balls and practiced free kicks.
While his teammates and classmates were working, heading to the beach or going on vacation, Frost took the time to better himself as a soccer player. Patterson believes Frost's dedication and focus ultimately benefited the Bangor program.
"He had a tremendous drive to improve," Patterson said. "It showed you how motivated he was. He was doing that so he could get better, but I believe that he was doing that to help our team get better, as well."
Practicing free kicks certainly paid off for Frost, the Maine Sunday Telegram boys' soccer MVP: His free kick with 10 minutes left in the first half of the Class A state final game helped the Rams earn the title with a 3-2 victory over Portland.
"For a player like Phil, sometimes that type of player tries to do too much on their own," said Patterson, whose team finished 17-0-1. "They're talented and have the ability to impact the outcome of games.
"Phil has always understood that we were going to be successful as a team rather than him just being successful. He absolutely bought into the team concept.
"He scored his fair share of goals, but he never isolated his teammates. It's just the way he is."
But it wasn't one certain kick or a specific play that defined Frost's senior season. It was his commitment to the sport and to his team.
"Taking advantage of the offseason is important," said Frost, who had 26 goals and eight assists. "Going into my senior year, I wasn't going to handicap myself if I didn't work hard in the offseason."
Patterson brought his players together before the season to write down goals each of them had for the team, and at the top of every list was the same goal: to win a state championship.
But Frost also wrote down his personal goals, with a particular focus on developing consistency: be consistent as a soccer player and provide consistency for the team.
"It's one of the most important things," Frost said. "If you play every game the same way, if you never let down, you're always going to wear down the other team."
The offseason also became a time of year when the Rams began the process of bonding as a team. As one of four co-captains, Frost helped organize team get-togethers during the summer and helped organize team events in the preseason to foster team chemistry.
"We became a team unlike any other team I've been on," Frost said. "We were a family. There were no cliques, no arguments, no major issues. We were always there for each other."
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