Third year head coach Trevor Parent will blend a talented group of ten freshmen with seven returning players to create the 2014 version of the Owls women's soccer team.
Leading the charge will be a pair of Midfielder GSAC award winners. First-Team All-Conference Nicole Cyr (Madawaska, ME) and Mikaelah Tracy (Houlton, ME) who was named to the GSAC All-freshmen squad last season are back and ready to cause Havoc for opponents. Bethany Heald (Howland, ME) will be counted on to again provide offensive punch for the Owls from her striking spot. Sophomore Amiah Wheelan (Woodstock, NB) returns as well.
The Senior duo of Chelsea Lynds-Beaulieu (Presque Isle, ME) and Jasmine Cote (Limestone, ME) will be counted on for leadership and solid play from Midfield and Defensive positions, respectively. Both are heady ballhawks and have been providing an immense amount of leadership during the preseason.
"We have a great, great returning core of players, Said Parent. "The leadership has been great on and off of the pitch. The first years are blending in nicely, and we are looking to continue to improve each day in training."
Among those newcomers are All-Staters Alana Pratt (Houlton, ME) and Samantha Nadeau, who was the top scorer for Madawaska high school last season. Both will be counted on to provide immediate help on the offensive end, due to the graduation of Jen Oullette, who has joined the Owls as assistant coach this season.
Macie Bellanceau (Easton, ME), Kaitlin Joy (Oakland, ME) and Morgan Roy (Howland, ME) will provide depth and look to make an impact on the pitch along with 2013 all-Aroostook performers, Cassandra Buck (Easton, ME.), Janae' Libby (Fort Fairfield, ME), Allison Lopez (Kingfield, ME) and Houlton High School alums Abigal Deveau and Jessica Dickison.
Parent can see the high level of talent on the practice field, but understands developing a program of leaders who can win at the collegiate level is something that is not done overnight. Building a quality program takes time, a nurturing mindset and athletes willing to learn and adjust.
"Once the matches start," noted Parent. "We are in it to get better each day, preparing to peak at the proper times. I've been very impressed with the talent on the field."