SKOWHEGAN – No matter the circumstances, Skowhegan field hockey has always won.
“Last year we won it [Class A] in fourth place and a lot of people sort of wrote us off and I don’t think my kids ever write themselves off,” Indians head coach Paula Doughty said.
“We always have the attitude that we can do it. We never say, ‘we can’t’ it’s kind of like a rule, don’t say ‘can’t’ because anything is possible,” senior left back Alex Vashon said.
Doughty got her 504th win after beating Massabesic 2-1 in the Class A State Championship Game last year. A two-time national coach of the year, Doughty is far and away the best coach in Maine.
“When I first started playing I was definitely really nervous to be coached by her. But, it was really just an amazing feeling that we could be coached by such an amazing legend,” Vashon said.
Skowhegan field hockey has built a dynasty, winning 14 state titles in 16 years. it seems like clockwork for the Indians, but they embrace the challenge each and every day.
“It’s always a challenge. You got to be ready every single day, you got to be on your game and you got to work hard.”
“We don’t start the season with the attitude that we’re going to win states. We just start with the attitude that we’re going to go into every day and every game giving our best effort,” senior goalie Leah Savage said.
Doughty is an old school coach who won’t accept anything but one-hundred percent effort every practice and every game. Her style is what the Indians say makes them so great.
“You’ll sit there and she’ll do the same drill over and over again until we all get it and are doing it right. You know that she’s always going to give you her best effort and make sure that she’s getting out of you what she can,” Savage said.
The Indians will start their title defense Aug. 31 at Hampden.