UMaine women’s soccer gets scoring boost from instate recruits

Posted June 24, 2011, at 9:02 p.m.

The University of Maine’s women’s soccer team has addressed a goal-scoring need with four attack-minded players, including three from Maine, who have signed National Letters of Intent to attend the school this fall.

Headlining the list is Waterville High School’s two-time All-American Jordan Pellerin, who scored 171 career goals and helped the Panthers compile a 61-6-3 record during her career. Pellerin is a striker-attacking midfielder.

Greenville High School striker Gretel Breton, sister of former Black Bear striker Hannah Breton; Leavitt High School of Turner midfielder Brianna Hammond and midfielder Camille Varin-Tremblay complete the class.

Maine, which upset Hartford and Stony Brook as the sixth seed in the America East playoffs to earn a berth in the title game last season, averaged 1.3 goals per game in going 9-9 last season and graduated its leading scorer, midfielder Kelsey Wilson (8 goals, 2 assists) along with Hannah Breton (2 & 1) and reserve Cari Gill.

“Jordan is a natural finisher and her instincts around the goal will threaten any team. I am confident her ability to score goals will translate to our level in a relatively short period of time,” said Maine coach Scott Atherley in a press release.

Atherley said Hammond, a two-time All-Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first-team pick, can play virtually any position and has “great potential because she is versatile and determined. She adapts very easily to the conditions of the field.”

Breton, according to the Maine coach, has “many of the same qualities as her sister. She has gifts that are purely natural. Her speed, coupled with her quickness, will rank her among the top athletes on our team.” She was an All-Western Maine pick.

He said Varin-Tremblay has “terrific vision and passing skills. She reads the game well, has exceptional composure on the ball and loves to attack.”

Varin-Tremblay, who is from Saint Hubert, Quebec, helped guide the Quebec provincial team to the gold medal at the 2009 Canadian National Championships. She played at Shattuck-St. Mary’s Soccer Academy (Minn.) the past two seasons.

All National Letters of Intent signings are contingent upon admission to the school and compliance with NCAA eligibility requirements.

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