Even though they haven’t won a state championship, the Hermon High School girls soccer team has been knocking on the door the past nine seasons.
The Hawks have produced an 18-7 record in Class B North playoff games and captured regional championships in 2012 and 2015.
After graduating 12 seniors — including seven starters — from last year’s 13-2-1 team that lost to Winslow in the Class B North semifinals, this would appear to be a rebuilding season for seventh-year head coach M.J. Ball.
But thanks to the impact of five freshmen and the development of seven sophomores, the youthful Hawks have jumped out to a 4-0 start and appear to be a team that again will be competing for a regional title. They have outscored their opponents 17-4.
“They have been very dependable,” senior back Paige Plissey said of her younger teammates. “They have really filled their roles well.”
Ball said this is the youngest team he has had, but he added that 10 of the 12 freshmen and sophomores play soccer year-round between their high school and club teams.
“They play with heart, they have a high work ethic and they won’t settle for average. They want more. It’s an easy group to work with, and we have veteran leadership,” he said. “It is a fast team and a very fit team. They all worked extremely hard over the summer.”