Fort Kent High School’s girls soccer team has won two of the last three Eastern Maine Class C championships only to lose heartbreakers in the state title games: 2-1 in overtime to Sacopee Valley of Hiram in 2010 and 3-2 against Waynflete of Portland last year.
Fourth-year coach Robby Nadeau said he doesn’t have any superstars but he feels they have a “good chance” to vie for another state championship.
“We’ll have to work hard. We have seven seniors with a ton of experience. We have a solid all-around team,” said Nadeau. ‘We aren’t great at any one thing but we are pretty solid at a lot of different things. And the girls work hard in every practice and every game.”
So far so good for the Warriors, who returned eight starters off last year’s team.
They are off to a 4-0-1 start including a 1-0 win over Class B power Presque Isle. It was Fort Kent’s first win over Presque Isle in six years.
They have allowed just two goals in five games thanks to the fact they have a wealth of experience in the back and in goal.
“We have four seniors in the back,” said Nadeau. “Our goalie (junior Alexa Pelletier) is a three-year starter.”
Galvanizing the back line is sweeper Dakota Martin, who had been a striker until Nadeau moved her back this season.
“She has turned into a true sweeper and she gets better every game,” said Nadeau.
His stopper is Steffany Paradis and the outside backs are Demi Pelletier and Lindsay Soucy.
Sophomore Sadie Desjardins, junior Danielle Pelletier and junior Erin Chasse start in the midfield and seniors Chelsey Plourde and Lauren Doak supply quality depth.
Doak also gets playing time up front along with sophomores Jessica Morin and Alyssa Charette.
The Warriors have scored only eight goals so far and that is a cause for concern.
“Scoring is an issue right now. We haven’t put a lot of balls in the back of the net,” said Nadeau. “But it’s a long season and we’re looking to improve on that.”
Plourde, Doak and Chasse are among the primary scoring threats but Nadeau feels he has the potential to score by committee.
“I could throw out seven or eight names of girls who can score. It’s about taking the right shot at the right time,” said Nadeau.