CUMBERLAND, Maine — Hurricane Earl’s wrath stayed far enough to the east, and the “Just for Fun” Labor Day weekend soccer tournament went off without a hitch Saturday afternoon.

The two-day tourney at Twin Brook Recreation Area and Greely High School featured 174 teams from a number of age groups from as far north as Bangor, Brewer and Hampden.

The tourney consisted of “friendly” matches, with each team playing four games apiece. It was hosted by the Cumberland Soccer Club.

One that shone in particular was the Hampden Soccer Club’s 13U squad, which is the defending state champion at that level. Hampden, coached by M.J. Ball, won all four of its games, including a 2-0 decision over the Portland Area Youth Soccer Association (PAYSA). The team will kick off its title defense in the fall.

Elsewhere, the Bangor U11 boys posted a 2-0-2 mark in its four games, while Brewer featured six teams.

The town had never had a club soccer program prior to this summer, and Angela Lord, who coaches the U11 girls squad, said the programs will be vital in the high school program, particularly that of the girls.

The Just for Fun tournament is scheduled to continue Sunday.

Ryan McLaughlin

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