A 'Miracle' happening with Morse soccer

If you’re even remotely curious and you’ve met Miracle Trimble, you’ve probably wondered what the story is behind her first name.

MaineAs many times as she’s answered the question, Miracle still thinks her mother tells the story better.

“When I was five months pregnant with Miracle, they found a cancerous tumor,” Emily Trimble said. “They took out my whole womb with her in it. They took the tumor out and put her back in, and she finished cooking.

“She had a 50 percent chance of living. Actually, she saved my life, because if I hadn’t been pregnant, I wouldn’t have known anything was wrong.”

In some ways, Miracle was still fighting the odds until last year, when she scored 32 goals as a sophomore for Morse High School, and made the all-state girls soccer team.

“Miracle is a soccer coach’s dream,” Morse coach Steve Boyce said. “She loves the sport, and as a result, she’ll do anything to be a positive influence on the field. She’ll track the ball, and if she loses it, she’ll track back and get it. You don’t often get someone who loves the game, and is also pretty good at it.”

“I’m in love with soccer,” Trimble said. “It’s like food for me, too. I mean, I love food, but soccer’s the best. I always strive to do better and show people wrong from when I was younger.”

Trimble said she began playing soccer in rec leagues in Bath, and immediately fell in love with the sport. She kept playing, kept trying to get better, but wasn’t sure the sport loved her back.

“I was thinking about quitting soccer when I was younger, because no one really believed in me, except for my family,” she said.

For Trimble, that came to a head when she was on the eighth grade varsity team. As Trimble tells the story, she rarely got playing time, and went to see her coach after getting in only for the final minute or so of a game.

“I asked her what I needed to do to be a better player,” Trimble said. “She said, ‘Well, you’re not up to par for the varsity.’”

A short time later, Trimble and her family were online, searching for a field she could play on by herself to get more practice. During this search, they found out about the Seacoast United team.

Critics of pay-to-play programs will say that they prey on kids just like Trimble; they’ll tell Player X that even though she can’t play for her middle school team, they can make him a star if Player X's parents shell out some money and stay committed to the program. But in this case, Trimble really was that good, and playing for Seacoast United made her even better. Trimble still plays for Seacoast United, as well as in an Olympic Developmental Program.

“My parents cart me all over the United States for me to play soccer, because it’s what I love,” Trimble said.

Trimble made the varsity at Morse as a freshman, but there weren’t many opportunities to show her increased skills. She played behind Tori Field, who scored 44 goals as a senior that year and now plays at the University of New England.

“I played right bench,” said Trimble, who scored four goals that year. “I never subbed in, basically.”

Trimble became a starter last year, and quickly started scoring goals. She stands about 5-3 or 5-4, but her speed and tenaciousness allow her to find the ball and get it past defenders.

“She is probably one of the shorter people on the field, and she had five header goals last year that were just phenomenal,” Boyce said. “She shoots well with both feet, and she’s surprisingly quick. You might think she’s not going to get by you, but if she’s determined, she’ll do it.”

Then there’s Trimble’s shot. If you don’t think someone Trimble’s size can move so fast, you’d really be stunned by her power.

“My goalie doesn’t like doing shooting drills with her,” Boyce said, remembering a recent practice. “Her shots were typical turf field shots – low and hard. When my keeper went down for it, it would hurt her wrist. Or if she had to blunt it with her foot, it would hurt her foot. So she wouldn’t make an extra-special effort to make a spectacular save on those shots.”

Morse went all the way to the Western B final before losing to Falmouth. As the Shipbuilders kept winning, more and more teams designed their defenses around the girl who scored 32 goals, sometimes assigning two or three people to keep Trimble from doing her thing.

“It’s hard,” Trimble said. “It makes things harder, but it makes me better as a player. It’s not just a ‘me’ sport, it’s a team sport. It makes me a stronger player, and a better person.”

Trimble is competitive, to the point that during the day at school, she’ll find herself racing her boyfriend down the hall before she realizes it. Combine that with her love of soccer, and she was more elated than anyone when the school installed a new all-purpose turf field for this season.

“Oh, my gosh, it’s the best,” she said. “It’s so great. I play on turf all the time. The field is amazing, from the blue ‘M’ in the middle to the nets. I’m in love with it. It’s my second home.”

As for this season, Boyce wants Trimble to continue to become the kind of player who can make opponents pay for those double and triple-teams.

“I want her to, when she sees an opportunity to score, she’ll go to the goal, and if it’s not there, she’ll make the right pass,” Boyce said.

For her part, Trimble fully believes Morse has the kind of team that you can’t beat just by stopping one person.

“This team this year is amazing,” Trimble said. “We work so hard, and we have some great freshmen. I think this year is going to be a great year for Morse. I know we’re going to do great things.”