Medomak Valley ready to kick it into competitive gear
Waldoboro — The following is a synopsis of the 2013 Medomak Valley High School girls soccer team:
Coach/years coached current team: Larry Jensen, third year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 8-4-2, ninth seed in Eastern Class B. The Panthers lost to No. 8 Caribou 4-0 in a preliminary playoff.
Roster: Seniors Brooke Benedict (forward), Amanda Young (fullback), Haley Mank (fullback), Taylor Mason (forward), Charity Hoch (forward) and Sami Griffin (fullback); juniors Nicole Nicholls (halfback), Jordan Moore (halfback), Olivia Ryan (halfback), Ashley Wilson (forward) and CeCe Luce (fullback); sophomores Sophie Cohen (forward), Maggie Cox (halfback), Hannah Watmough (fullback), Stephanie Hill (fullback), Emily Wotton (halfback) and Miranda Belcher (fullback); and freshmen Nicole Obuchon (goalie), Chelsea Ripley (goalie) and Maggie Ryan (halfback).
Known graduation losses: Maria Ennamorati, Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet, Elise Wallace, Heidi Obuchon, Jessica Prescott, Desiree Leary, Desiree Benner, Taylor Simmons, McKenzie Belcher and Abby Maguire.
Significant impact players: Benedict, Griffin, Young, Mason, Moore, Cox and Cohen.
Team strength: Youth.
Team goals: “To improve daily and game to game, to improve on individual and team skills, work on communication with teammates, and to keep a positive attitude towards teammates and coaches. And last, but not least, to continue to do the best that you can do despite wins and loses,” said Jensen.
Top league opponents: Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston, Camden Hills, Winslow, Morse of Bath, Waterville and Maranacook of Readfield.
Outlook: The Panthers graduated seven starters from last year's team, including Hendrickson-Belloguet, one of the most talented goalies in Eastern Class B. Jensen concedes that while this will be a rebuilding year, his team has the ability to win games and could find itself in another regional preliminary playoff game if all goes well.
“As long as team members continue to work diligently during practice and put their best foot forward during the season there will be many positive gains for the future,” the coach said. “Again, as long as we improve daily and game to game, it is a win-situation for all.”