After bundle of graduation losses, Windjammers rebuild on fly
Rockport — The following is a synopsis of the 2013 Camden Hills Regional High School girls soccer team:
Coach/years coached current team: Meredith Messer, 18th year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 12-2, third in Eastern Class B. The Windjammers bested No. 6 Ellsworth 2-1 in the quarterfinals and were downed by No. 2 Hermon 1-0 in the semifinals. The Windjammers also won the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship 1-0 over Morse of Bath.
Roster: Seniors Natalie Hamalainen (defense), Grace Hayward (defense), Lea Smith (midfield), Hannah Corney (midfield), Kaitlyn York (midfield), Biz Pree (midfield), Hannah Bode (defense) and Addie Drinkwater (forward/midfield); juniors Catherine Abaldo (defense), Kaia Allwine (defense/midfield) and Rachel Pease (goalie); sophomores Emma Gutheinz (forward/defense), Kathryn Schneider (midfield) and Katy Vannorsdall (forward); and freshmen Izzy Gutheinz (midfield), Charlotte Messer (midfield/forward), Bryn Anderson (forward) and Emma Vannorsdall (goalie).
Known graduation losses: Haley Williams, Autumn Coyle, Christine Forcillo, Cailand Sweeting, Lexi Doudera, Kristina Alex, Caroline Matteo, Abby White, Sarah Scott, Katie Pratt and Emily Turner-Watts.
Significant impact players: Smith, Hamalainen, Corney, Pease, Gutheinz and Messer.
Team strengths: Experience and youth.
Team goals: To practice the way they play games, challenge each other and make one another better.
Top league opponents: Morse of Bath and Erskine Academy of South China.
Outlook: Despite losing 11 players to graduation last year, the Windjammers again appear poised to be among the top teams in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference and Eastern Class B ranks.
Messer said her team hopes to “make postseason play and be in position to defend our KVAC Class B title.”
“The biggest thing for [assistant] coach [Scott] Buckheit and myself is that players practice at the best level for their current skill level to improve as fast as possible,” Messer said. “We have selected 19 players who are working hard, challenging each other and having fun doing it.”
The veteran coach said Pease's "improvement has been phenomenal" since she took over the role of goalie last year and Pease "will be a key for us for sure."