Searsport's Coffin kicks way into school record booksSenior becomes all-time girls scorer, ties boys record with 80 career goals
Searsport — While the swirling, chilly winds made things difficult on Monday, Oct. 10 for the Searsport and Vinalhaven-North Haven girls soccer teams in an early Columbus Day pitch battle, the play of senior Karigen Coffin had been white hot all season — and for the better part of four years, for that matter.
The senior Coffin booted to five goals — and ultimately into the Searsport District High School record books — as the Vikings came away with a convincing 11-1 win over the islanders.
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Coffin is the school’s all-time leading female goal scorer with 80 goals, surpassing Tianna Faucne, the previous record holder, who netted 71 goals for the Vikings before graduating in 2009.
It originally was believed Faunce’s record was 78 goals, but after speaking with Faunce following Monday’s game, fourth-year Viking coach R.J. Robertson learned the former girls career school record was 71 goals, not 78.
Thus, Coffin broke the girls scoring record in the team's 11-1 win over Greater Portland Christian on Friday, Sept. 30.
Coffin's fifth goal on Monday tied her with boys soccer player Joey Light, a 2000 SDHS graduate, for the distinction of the school's all-time career goal scorer.
“Her freshman year was my first year as the girls coach, so we have grown and learned together,” said Robertson of Coffin. “It's been fun watching her chase this record. But she'd be the first to tell you that although it's an individual achievement, it's been a total team effort over her four years.”
Coffin scored 13 goals as a freshman, 17 as a sophomore and 23 as a junior. She currently has 27 goals and likely will eclipse the school record for goals in a season as well, set by Sara Bradshaw (29) in 2009.
“It means a lot, especially since soccer is my all-time favorite sport,” said Coffin, who has been playing the sport since kindergarten. “I’ve been working towards this since sophomore year and it’s nice to know all my work has paid off.”
Barring Coffin perhaps, severely spraining her ankle walking to school this week, she will be a shoe-in to be the school’s all-time leading goal scorer by season’s end.
Searsport’s next game is on the road against Deer Isle-Stonington on Thursday, Oct. 13.
In the Vikings’ previous game with the Mariners Sept. 13 in Searsport, the hosts booted their way to a 12-0 win behind an eight-goal performance from Coffin.
In Monday’s game with the islanders, Coffin pumped in four goals in the game’s first 12 minutes and scored her fifth goal less than a minute into the second half to tie the school’s all-time scoring record, but could not push across the record-breaker before the final horn blared.
The fact she missed her opportunity to become the school’s all-time leading scorer at home was not lost on Coffin, though she was ultimately not discouraged.
“I think I got more anxious I guess [in the second half] knowing I only needed two more for the next record,” she said. “Plus, I was trying to get my other teammates to score too.”
Robertson said Coffin "is a great kid" and unselfish, ultimately deserving of her place in the record books.
"A few teams would mark her the entire game and she would get frustrated, then she realized it was a great opportunity to get others involved," he said.
Ashten Wells also scored three goals and added two assists in the win for Searsport over the islanders, while Brooklynn Alberts added two goals and Brookelyn Knowles one goal.
For Vinalhaven/North Haven, the 2016 season has been a war of attrition. The islanders started the season with 13 players — several of whom are new to the sport — and injuries throughout the season has left them with only nine players.
One of those injuries was to standout goalie Gilleyanne Davis-Oakes, who broke her ankle and fractured her leg on Friday, Sept. 23 against Valley of Bingham.
The islanders played down two players for portions of the second half on Monday.
Vinalhaven’s lone goal of the game came with roughly nine minutes to play in the first half on a pretty shot from Déja Doughty, who lofted a shot over the outstretched hands of the Searsport keeper from about 30 yards away to make the score 4-1.
Alberts and Abby Stemp combined to make three saves on four shots in goal for Searsport, while Marina Davis made seven saves on 23 shots in net for Vinalhaven/North Haven.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class D South, Vinalhaven/North Haven (4-6-1, 29.3872 points) is fourth, while Searsport (4-7, 22.9592 points) is seventh. Richmond (9-1, 67.7418 points) is first in the 10-team region. The top seven teams qualify for the playoffs.
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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. Haskell has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School. He has won multiple Maine Press Association awards for writing and photography.
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He resides in Thomaston with his wife Jenn, his sons Beckett and Austin and daughter Lila.
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