Legislators honor Lincolnville soccer player

Feb 09, 2020
Sen. Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, left, presents a Legislative Sentiment to Kristina Kelly of Lincolnville Jan. 28.

Augusta — Maine lawmakers recently recognized athlete Kristina Kelly of Lincolnville with a Legislative Sentiment for her achievements in soccer.

Kelly, a senior at Camden Hills Regional High School, was named National Player of the Year for high school girls by the United Soccer Coaches. She is the first Mainer ever to receive the award.

In remarks on the Senate floor Jan. 28, Sen. Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, congratulated Kelly.

“Kristina sets an example for girls throughout Waldo County, the state of Maine and the country,” Herbig said. “With hard work, determination and perseverance, there is nothing you can’t do.”

Kelly’s coach, Meredith Messer, said Kelly’s desire to get better separates her from others at her level.

“One of the thing that makes Kristina special is she has an incredible work ethic, and is still incredibly humble,” Messer said. “She loves to challenge herself and let that help her team. She’s always team first.”

Kelly led the Windjammers to three straight unbeaten seasons and four straight Class A state championships. In 2019, she scored 49 goals for a career total of 159, the third-most of any high school player in Maine ever. Last winter, Kelly won a girls’ state championship for wrestling on her first try in the 113-pound class. Next fall, she will attend Central Connecticut State University, where she intends to study biology and compete in Division I.

A Legislative Sentiment is a significant expression of the Maine Legislative to honor notable achievements. If you know of someone who should be recognized, contact Herbig at 287-1515 or Erin.Herbig@legislature.maine.gov.





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