College women's soccer

Former All-American Messer steps away from Black Bear soccer program

By Mark Haskell | Aug 20, 2019
Courtesy of: UMaine athletics Charlotte Messer.

Orono — In her four years as a soccer player at Camden Hills Regional High School, Charlotte Messer certainly made her mark with the Windjammers, leading the team to their first state championship.

She then committed to play in college at Division I University of Maine in Orono and saw limited minutes in her first two years with the Black Bears.

She makes smart decisions on and off the pitch, and continued that trend when she made the decision not to return to UMaine for her junior year.

Messer, now 20, said she loved her time as a Black Bear and that her decision to leave the school was academic-based.

“The biggest thing for me was this summer, I had to narrow down what I wanted to do academically,” she said. “And I remember talking with my coach, my parents and my friends. And a lot of my teammates were dead set on what they wanted to do. And it just felt like I was going into this year making a rushed decision.”

Over her first two years, Messer was either undeclared or a history major and had already taken the majority of her general education classes. Now that the time had come to take classes more in-tune with a chosen major, Messer “couldn’t narrow down what I wanted to do.”

In two seasons, Messer appeared in 13 games with one start, logging two goals and one assist.

While she said the level of competition at her position was high, a string of bad luck did not help her chances of making an impact for the Black Bears.

As a freshman, Messer hit a patch of black ice in the winter months and flipped her car, which resulted in a concussion, which had lingering affects. Then, prior to her sophomore year, she suffered a minor ankle injury.

“The injuries were definitely setbacks,” she said. “But all in all, they didn’t have that much of an affect on playing time. The car accident happened in the offseason and the ankle injury happened a week before the season started.”

Messer said she plans to take the year to do some soul-searching and figure out the direction she wants to go academically, but has it “in the back of my head that I want to be playing [soccer] somewhere next fall.”

“I really don’t have a preference,” she said. “I’m not strictly looking at Division I schools and I’m not strictly looking at [Division] 2 or [Division] 3. I’m looking for a place where they offer what I’m interested in academically, once I figure that out.”

The first soccer All-American in Camden Hills history, Messer compiled 67 goals and 50 assists during her years with the school and ended her high school career scoring the lone goal in overtime in a 1-0 win over Gorham to help the Windjammers win the state Class A title in 2016.

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