Searsport eyes another strong playoff run
Searsport — The following is a synopsis of the 2014 Searsport District High School girls soccer team:
Coach/years coached current team: R.J. Robertson, second year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 7-3-4, fourth in Western Class D. The No. 4 Vikings beat No. 5 Rangeley 8-1 in the quarterfinals and lost to No. 1 Richmond 6-1 in the semifinals.
Roster: Seniors Brittany Ward (midfield), Brianna Boyle (midfield, back) and Alivia Cross (back); juniors Melinda Ogden (goalie, midfield), Lilah Chaar (back), Anna Bucklin (forward), Meagan McKeon (midfield) and Sarah Hamblen (forward); sophomores Karigen Coffin (forward), Meaghan Grant (forward), MacKenzie Philbrick (forward), Katrina Butler (forward, midfield) and Grace O'Brien (forward); and freshmen Hannah Nadeau (midfield), Kaylee Knowles (back), Brooklynn Alberts (back, midfield, goalie), Erin Kilpatrick (back), Sammy Hamblen (midfield) and Adrianna Stemp (midfield, forward).
Known graduation losses: Alicen Brooks, Briana Grant, Kelli Gibbs, Allison Walker, Jaci Harriman and Libby Lane.
Significant impact players: Ogden, Chaar, Ward, Bucklin and Coffin.
Team strengths: Speed and ability to use the entire field.
Team goal: To improve every day the team takes the field.
Top league opponents: Dexter, Greenville and Rangeley.
Outlook: The Vikings lost six impact players from last year's team, but this season's squad is “young, but hungry,” which coach Robertson hopes will translate into another run in the postseason.
“They worked hard this summer and are continuing to put the work in this preseason,” he said. “We have girls in different roles this fall, so we are still in the adjustment stage. But by the end of the season, a top-four playoff spot and a home playoff game [is what we are aiming for].”
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