Dynamic Hermon High School soccer player Kaitlin Saulter, who was named the state’s girls soccer All-American by the Maine Soccer Coaches Association, will play the sport at the University of Maine next fall.
Saulter, a striker/attacking midfielder, set a Hermon school record for career scoring with 75 goals and 32 assists while leading the Hawks to a 53-13-2 record during her four seasons, which is three more wins than the program had attained in its previous 15 seasons.
She was a former Penobscot Valley Conference Player of the Year and is a two-time, All-PVC first-team selection.
“Maine was the best fit for me academically, location-wise and sports-wise,” said Saulter. “I’m very excited about playing Division I soccer.
“Maine has a great program. I grew up watching them,” she added.
She won’t be getting athletic scholarship money but will be getting some academic scholarship aid.
It will be a challenge but Saulter intends to embrace it.
“I’m going to have to work extremely hard. Getting the chance to play with better players will help me improve,” said the 17-year-old Saulter. “I want to get bigger, stronger and faster and become a better all-around soccer player.”
The 5-foot-4 Saulter observed that the college game is “much more physical.”
“That’s one transition I’ll have to make,” said Saulter.
She is also aware that she will have less time and space with the ball because she will be more closely marked.
Hermon coach Adam Leach said it will take Saulter time to adjust but he feels she can play at the Division I level.
“People may say she’s small but she has speed and she can compete at that level,” said Leach. “She has a great upside. She’s going to keep getting better.
“She has such a joy and love for the game. She is incredibly quick in traffic and in space,” he added.
Maine coach Scott Atherley said Saulter has a “lot of potential for several reasons.
“She displays quickness and the ability to sustain a high volume of work over an extended period of time,” said Atherley, who anticipates using her as an outside midfielder. “In a very short period of time, the necessary strength gains she will make is really going to transcend her game and make her much more effective.”
Saulter said it doesn’t matter where she plays.
“I’ll play where I best fit in and where I can best help the team,” said Saulter.
She is looking forward to playing for Atherley and has attended clinics at which he has worked.
“He is intense and I really enjoyed it,” said Saulter.
She has been accepted into the school and plans to major in biology.
Saulter is also an exceptional track athlete and set the Eastern Maine Class B record in the 400 meters at the state meet last spring with a time of 57.76 seconds.
She will be joining a Maine team that went 9-5-5 overall last season, 5-2-1 in America East, and reached the conference semifinals.