University of Maine women’s soccer coach Dave Patterson and assistant Black Bear men’s soccer coach Travers Evans will coach two Maine soccer teams that will compete in a first-year regional super league this spring and summer.
The two teams, made up of players born in 1982 or after, will have tryouts on the next two Sundays, with the girls trying out this Sunday and the boys going on Jan. 25.
Each tryout will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Mount Ararat High School in Topsham.
Patterson will coach the girls team and Evans will direct the boys team.
“This is probably our strongest age group and we want to do it right,” said Patterson in explaining why there are teams in only one age group. “If everything goes well, and I assume it will, we’ll probably have super league teams in other age groups in the future.”
The teams will play eight-game league schedules against Olympic Development Program teams from other states in the northeast region.
“This will give the kids a chance to practice with the best players in Maine and then play against the best players in the region,” said Patterson. “That’s how you get better.”
Patterson said each team will have a pool of 25 players and will practice at different sites across the state.
The league games will go from May through August.
There will be several non-league games, also.
The teams will participate in the Region 1 Tournament at Rider University (N.J.) on June 5-7 and in weeklong regional clinics later.
The tryout fee is $25 for preregistration and $35 on tryout day. Inquiries can be made to Debbie Aines (729-9107) for the girls and Joe DeHaan (725-5109) for the boys.
Patterson said tryouts for other ODP age-group state teams, who won’t play in super leagues, will be held later in the spring.