The following is a synopsis of the 2014 Camden Hills Regional High School boys soccer team:

Coach/years coached current team: Ryan Hurley, fifth year.

Last year's record/playoff information: 13-0-1, No. 2 seed in Eastern Class B. The Windjammers beat No. 7 Erskine Academy of South China 4-0 in the quarterfinals, No. 3 Winslow 4-1 in the semifinals, No. 1 Ellsworth 1-0 in the regional championship and lost to Western Class B titlist Greely of Cumberland 1-0 in the state Class B title game. Camden Hills also beat Maranacook of Readfield 3-1 in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship game.

Roster: Seniors Adam Throne (goalie), Matt Crockett (defense), Jack Henry Grannis-Phoenix (midfield), Eric Blohm (midfield), Josiah Simko (forward) and Bill Bracher (defense); juniors Jack Gallagher (defense), Josh Pitcairn (midfield), Tristan Fong (defense), Flint (forward), Cameron (defense), Field Leonard (forward) and Richard Vokey (midfield); sophomores Josiah Krul (midfield), Kieran Lydon (forward), Maddison Jordan (defense), Morgan Mercier (midfield), Colby Arau (midfield), Andy Gross (defense), Max Pushaw (midfield), Connor Davis (goalie), Jonah Cameron (defense), Perrin Ganter (forward) and Jack Moody (defense); and freshman Noah Heidorn (defense).

Known graduation losses: Peter Vannorsdall, Connor Winchenbach, Alex Blackwell, Ben Welt, Marshall Spear, Jake Davee, Zach Pitcairn, Grayson Szumilas, Yani Stancioff and Colin Morse.

Significant impact players: Blohm, Simko, Crockett, Bracher, Fong, Gallagher, Pitcairn, Grannis-Phoenix and Throne.

Team strengths: “We have a clear vision of what we want to do, we're pretty organized and we pass the ball pretty well,” said Hurley.

Team goal: To win the state Class B championship.

Top league opponents: Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston and Erskine Academy of South China.

Outlook: After qualifying for the state Class B title game for three straight years, the Windjammers are about to set sail with their sights again on winning a state title for Eastern Maine for the first time since 1993.

While Hurley said, “We'll be pretty good,” the team has lost roughly 75 percent of its goal scorers from last season to graduation, including Vannorsdall, Blackwell, Zach Pitcairn, Stancioff, Morse and Szumilas.

Vannorsdall, a midfielder, and Spear, a goalie, will be the most significant holes for Hurley to fill, based by their leadership qualities and performances on the field.

“The guys we have here are doing a good job stepping up and filling that gap,” the coach said. “But those two are big losses. We lost a lot of our firepower.”

Despite the losses, Hurley's squad, while young, is “pretty optimistic” as many of them are now getting their chance to shine on the varsity pitch after several years of being relegated to being substitutes off the bench.

Throne has seen time on the varsity team in key situations, particularly helping the Windjammers earn a 2-1 win in the playoffs two years ago when Spear went down with a concussion.

“He's had his opportunities here and there, but nothing consistent,” said Hurley of Throne. “So this is a big step for him and he's ready for it.”

Hurley said this could be Ellsworth's “big year” and “should be considered one of the favorites” with a senior-laden class returning in 2014.

Still, the team's goals remain the same.

“We'd like to go back [to the state title game],” he said.  “We want to win it. We don't want to come in second. We've been close every year, it's always been a competitive game. We've got to get to the playoffs, be in contention for KVACs again and we'd love to get a sportsmanship award.”

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