The following is a synopsis of the 2011 Oceanside High School girls varsity soccer squad:

Team: Oceanside girls soccer.

Coach/years coached current team: Darryl Townsend, 18th year (17 with Georges Valley).

Last year’s record/playoff information: Georges Valley finished 12-1-1, third in Western Class C. Lost to No. 6 Waynflete of Portland 1-0 in overtime in the quarterfinals. Also lost 1-0 in the Mountain Valley Conference championship game to St. Dominic of Lewiston. Rockland finished 1-11-2, 17th in Eastern Class B. The Tigers did not qualify for the playoffs.

Roster: Seniors Bethany Berry (forward), Jill Bradbury (midfield), Erika Brooks (midfield), Jaime Brooks (forward), Alex Calamari (forward), Brighde Curtin (defense), Jennifer Denault (sweeper), Rosemary McGeady (forward), Arianna Morris (midfield), Hannah Sirois (defense), McKenzie Tucker (fullback), Jessie Veilleux (midfield) and Becky Wellman (midfield); juniors Rachel Frye (stopper), Kennadi Grover (goalie), Kate Lee (defense), Lizzie Lombardo (defense) and Kasie Waters (forward); sophomores Megan Beal (midfield), Samantha Calamari (midfield), Jamilyn DelBuono (goalie), Olivia Hupper (defense), Carly Robinson (midfield), McKenzie Sirois (forward, midfield), Emma Spencer (forward) and Kim Young (forward); and freshman Emily Gould (forward).

Graduation losses: Katlyn Rich, Kristen Sawyer, Amelia Ausplund and Kristen Rickard from Georges Valley and Paige Bradshaw from Rockland.

Significant impact players: Grover, Frye, Hannah Sirois, Denault, Veilleux, Bradbury, Wellman, Berry, Spencer and McGeady.

Team strengths: All aspects of the game, including sturdy defense (the Mariners have allowed only a few goals in preseason games), a strong midfield and plenty of offensive weapons.

Team goals: To make the Eastern Class B playoffs, shooting for a 10-4 record and possibly a berth in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship game.

Top league opponents: Camden Hills, Leavitt of Turner, Morse of Bath and Winslow.

Outlook: The Mariners are, as they say, loaded with talent, after combining the strong history of soccer success with the student-athletes from Georges Valley and a bundle of talented athletes from Rockland. Combining two distinctly different programs and histories has been a non-issue, thus far, for coach Townsend. He said the Mariners have meshed on the field with ease during the preseason. However, the veteran coach looks not only for his players to be successful on the pitch, but in their new school and community as well.

“The first expectation I have for us is to meet our team goals,” said Townsend. “I think, secondly, [our goals] are to help Oceanside High School start off [its] school year in a very positive way and hopefully demonstrate that we can put these kids together and still come up with a very positive effect. And, in a school community-kind-of-way, I’m hoping we can do that. I’d love to start the school year off on a very positive note, and I think we’re capable of doing that.”

Additionally, student-athletes from the former Georges Valley, which played in the Mountain Valley Conference against mostly Class C opponents, must adapt to facing Class B foes from larger schools in Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B, something that should not be difficult given their high level of historical success in the sport.

Schedule:

9/2/11 – Oceanside at Maranacook – 3:30 p.m.

9/7/11 – Winslow at Oceanside – 3:30 p.m.

9/9/11 – Oceanside at Medomak Valley – 3:30 p.m.

9/13/11 – Lincoln Academy at Oceanside – 3:30 p.m.

9/16/11 – Oceanside at Camden Hills – 3 p.m.

9/20/11 – Morse at Oceanside – 3:30 p.m.

9/24/11 – Camden Hills at Oceanside – 3 p.m.

9/27/11 – Oceanside at Gardiner – 3:30 p.m.

9/30/11 – Oceanside at Belfast – 3:30 p.m.

10/4/11 – Mount View at Oceanside – 3:30 p.m.

10/7/11 – Oceanside at Leavitt – 3:30 p.m.

10/12/11 – Oceanside at Nokomis – 3:30 p.m.

10/14/11 – Maine Central Institute at Oceanside – 3:30 p.m.

10/18/11 – Oak Hill at Oceanside – 3:30 p.m.

VillageSoup sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@villagesoup.com.