Camden Hills High School’s girls soccer team was sitting atop the Eastern Maine Class B soccer points standings entering Thursday’s games.
Eleven seniors, including four who have started for all four years, have been the driving force between the team’s 7-1 record going into Thursday’s game at Nokomis High of Newport.
The Windjammers have outscored their opponents 27-8.
“Having that experience helps,” said 17th-year head coach Meredith Messer. “We’ve really focused on passing and style of play and the girls have worked very hard. They pass the ball very well.”
The Windjammers may not have any prolific scorers but they do have scoring balance.
“We have nine girls who have registered at least a goal or an assist,” said Messer. “We’ve spread the scoring around which is nice.”
Two of the four-year starters are strikers Caroline Matteo and Caitland Sweeting and they have been among the leading scorers.
Center midfielder Kristina Alex and outside back Haley Williams are the other four-year starters.
Freshman Emma Hutheinz has complemented Matteo and Sweeting up front; Alex is joined in the midfield by sophomore Hannah Winklhoffer, senior Lexi Doudera and junior Lea Smith.
Williams anchors the all-senior back line with three-year starter Autumn Coyle, two-year starter Christine Forcillo and Abby White, a first-time starter.
The goalkeeper is 6-foot-1 sophomore Rachel Pease, who is in her second year of playing soccer.
She has replaced graduated four-year starter Lindsay Bumbalo.
“She went to goalkeeping camp this summer,” reported Messer. “She has come along. She has worked real hard to develop her skills. And she asks a lot of questions. She is very active in the learning process and it’s starting to show.”
Messer said Pease made a couple of breakaway saves in a 6-1 win over Gardiner on Tuesday.
The Windjammers have four shutouts.
“And I think we’ve only given up six corner kicks all season,” said Messer.
Junior Addie Drinkwater sees time in midfield and up front; junior Natalie Hamalainen and senior Katie Pratt are reserve defenders and juniors Biz Free and Kaitlyn York and senior Emily Turner-Watts are midfielders.
Messer said first-year assistant coach Scott Buckheit, who is also the JV coach, has been a very good addition and she feels her team can contend for the title.
“We certainly can play with anybody,” said Messer. “And we have a good time doing it.”