Above: Members of the 1987 State Championship Boys Soccer Team.

The last time a Lincoln Academy soccer team won a Maine State Championship was 1987, when the boys team went all the way.

That season the 1987 Lincoln Academy team dominated their season with a record of 17-0-1, running the gauntlet of Western Maine teams in the playoffs, defeating some of the most competitive teams in the state: York 3-0, Yarmouth 4-3, and Falmouth for the Western Maine Championship 2-0. 

The state Championship was against Ellsworth on a brutally cold day in Pittsfield Maine, where the LA Eagles prevailed, beating Ellsworth 4-3. According to team members, LA’s coach Jeff Bradbury, who passed away in 2020, was inspirational in his coaching and gave the team confidence, strength, and the passion to be the very best as they beat the best on their way to a very memorable state championship.

Before the boys varsity game on September 23, Athletic Director KJ Anastasio asked the crowd to honor Coach Bradbury with a moment of silence.

Members of the 1987 team who attended 2023 Homecoming were: Luke Houghton, Captain, Clint Kaler, Captain, Chris McKenney, Jordy Belknap, Josh Pinkham, Jon Pinkham, Ryan Gleason, Dave Mason, Ethan Rose, Aaron Bradbury, and Matt Stelzer.

Below: Members of the 1987 State Championship soccer team participated in 2023 Homecoming. After being introduced to the crowd, they sent off current team members off to their impressive 4-1 win over Medomak.