University of Maine women’s soccer coach Scott Atherley must replace six players, including five starters, off a 9-5-3 team and he has a six-member recruiting class that will help fill the void.
Maine will graduate three starting backs, a starting midfielder and a starting striker in leading scorer Laura Martel, who had 13 goals and one assist.
Incoming freshmen Lisa Biljman of Brantford, Ontario, and Hayley Lipinski of East Bridgewater, Mass., are backs; Christine Dubuc is a striker from Blainville, Quebec; Nicole Misener is a midfielder from Burlington, Ontario, and Maggie Malone from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Meaghan Bradica from Stoney Creek, Ontario, can play in the midfield or in the back.
“We’re extremely pleased. We’ve been working on this class for two years and the majority of this group will make an immediate impact,” said Atherley.
Dubuc is a gifted goal scorer who was a member of the Canadian Under-17 team and Atherley said, “She, arguably, comes with as good, if not a better, background as any forward we’ve ever recruited for our program.”
Misener, who is in the Canadian Under-20 national team pool, “can attack, is left-footed and can hurt you from a distance. She has been an impact player at every level.”
Biljman, according to Atherley, is a center back who “cleans everything up in the back. She has a combination of size, grit and smarts. She’s great in the air.”
Malone, who is in the Canadian Under-20 national team pool, is “versatile, great in tight spaces and exceptionally consistent,” said Atherley.
Bradica is “technical and quick and can play in a number of places,” according to the Maine coach.
Lipinsky is a “big, tough athlete who is a tenacious one-[versus]-one defender,” said Atherley.
Lipinsky’s father, Joe, is a former University of Maine football player.
Their playing at Maine is contingent upon their acceptance into school and meeting NCAA regulations.