DEXTER, Maine — The field hockey season got off to a difficult start for the Dexter High School girls.
Kristy Veazie, who led the Tigers to a 15-2 mark and a berth in the Eastern Maine Class C final a year ago in her first season as a head coach, resigned three days before the first practice.
Veazie’s assistant, Darby Goodreau, also resigned.
But the Tigers haven’t missed a beat.
They are currently 10-1 and atop the Heal Points standings in Eastern C.
They have outscored their opponents 53-6.
Their only loss came at Foxcroft Academy, 2-1, and the Ponies are currently second in the EM Class B Heal points standings with an 11-1 mark.
Kylie Damon, a 2009 graduate of Skowhegan High School, was named the new head coach and her younger sister, Whitney, is her assistant and the JV coach.
Kylie Damon has been elated with her team’s success and credited the six seniors with playing vital roles in the success.
“They have stepped up and become great leaders on and off the field, especially during practice time,” said Damon. “They have encouraged the younger players.”
“They’re just a great group of girls,” added Damon.
Two of those seniors are left wing Sarah Eastman and center midfielder Libby Kain, who are two of their top scorers.
Peyton Watson and Justice Mower, who are both sophomores, start up front with Eastman and joining Kain in the all-senior midfield are Jordyn Bell and Darci Perkins.
“Our forwards and midfielders have done a great job this year,” said Damon, who has also been pleased with her back line.
Senior Holly Libby is the sweeper and Gabrielle Adam, another senior, is the center back with sophomore Marissa Mitchell and freshman Christie Nicholas being the outside backs.
Freshmen Kolby Kain, Libby’s sister, and Kaitlyn Paquin have been splitting the goalkeeping and have been solid, according to Damon.
She said her team’s 3-1 win over John Bapst of Bangor at the University of Maine’s artificial turf field was the highlight of the season so far. Dexter plays on grass.
“That was the best game we’ve played all season,” said Damon.
She said the transition for her and her sister has been very smooth.
“Dexter is a great school district. We had had a lot of support from the community and the administration,” said Damon.