Youth, talent again should serve Camden Hills
Rockport — The following is a synopsis of the 2014 Camden Hills Regional High School girls soccer team:
Coach/years coached current team: Meredith Messer, 19th year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 11-1-2, third in Eastern Class B. The Windjammers were upset by No. 6 Mount Desert Island 2-0 in the quarterfinals. Camden Hills also lost to Waterville 3-0 in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship game.
Roster: Seniors Rachel Pease (goalie), Hannah Wincklhofer (midfield) and Catherine Abaldo (defense); juniors Emma Gutheinz (forward), Brynne Wrona (defense), Keeli Wood (midfield), Abigail Matlack (defense), Elizabeth Cummons (defense) and Kendall Szumilas (forward); sophomores Charlotte Messer (midfield), Izzy Gutheinz (midfield), Abbie Chamberlain (midfield), Erin Dowd (defense), Emily Blackwell (forward), Brynn Anderson (forward) and Julia Holt (goalie); and freshmen Taylor Johnson (midfield) and Claire Pierce (defense).
Known graduation losses: Addie Jameson, Biz Pree, Lea Smith, Hannah Bode, Natalie Hamalainen, Hannah Corney, Kaitlyn York and Grace Hayward.
Significant impact players: Wincklhofer, Messer, Emma Gutheinz, Izzy Gutheinz, Anderson and Pease.
Team strengths: Seasoned players return to the midfield and attacking lines.
Team goals: To return to the KVAC Class B title game and to challenge each other every day.
Top league opponents: Waterville, Erskine Academy of South China, Morse of Bath and Oceanside or Rockland/Thomaston.
Outlook: “This is a group of young ladies who refuse to call this a rebuilding year,” said Messer. “Despite losing the entire starting defensive line, they have rallied together to embrace a team philosophy of hard work, fun and respect for what each player brings to the team and they expect to play hard and compete with every team we face. As a coach I am excited by the eagerness the new varsity members show about training and learning. I am equally as excited about the level of maturity and tenacity the returning members exhibit. We work hard every day but we are laughing every day too.”
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