AUGUSTA — Mt. Abram High School boys soccer coach Darren Allen was in the middle of a workout Thursday when athletic director Kristina Stevens came in with some news.
The decision was in. Soccer was a go for the fall, albeit with some restrictions.
“I screamed in jubilation,” he said. “I was excited. I’m excited for the kids. It’s what I live for every fall. … Every fall is soccer, and this would have been the first fall without soccer in eons.”
It won’t be, however, as the Maine Principals’ Association, along with state officials, announced that it would sponsor boys and girls soccer and field hockey this fall, giving life to two sports that faced uncertain fates going into the week.
“The opportunity to play is all we asked,” Allen said. “I did not want to get my hopes up. I was just preparing myself for the worst.”