More than two weeks after Lewiston, Maine, suffered a horrific mass shooting, the town’s high school boys soccer team took home a state championship.
The Lewiston Blue Devils defeated Derring, 3-2, on Saturday in the Class A boys soccer title game. Both squads needed overtime to finish the game. Tegra Mbele scored in the first overtime session to give Lewiston the title. Mbele was harassed by his teammates and some fans after the victory.
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«We’ve been saying the last few weeks, ‘Do it for the city,'» Blue Devils goalie Payson Goyette told the Sun Journal. «It feels great to win for the city and bring something good to the city.»
Mbele told the outlet that he just wanted to bring some kind of joy to the city.
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«It was the joy we gave the fans that drove them crazy,» he said. «We just wanted to give back to the city for everything that has happened. It is a great joy for me and for everyone who made it possible.»
The championship comes at one of the darkest moments in the city’s history.
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Robert Card opened fire, killing 18 people and wounding 13 others at a bowling alley and a nearby bar on October 25. Card was later found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.