BANGOR – Camden Hills had to go through the Bangor girls soccer team last year en route to the Class A state title, but it was able to do just that. The Rams were defending state champs at that point, and now enter 2017 with an early exit in their minds.
“Really they have to take in everything from last year, and it’s a lot about moving on and recharging your mental ability of playing soccer and playing the sport,” striker Libby Spekhardt said at the team’s practice Monday. Her teammate, senior right wing Maddison Cormier, agreed with the sentiment, and said the team is focused on getting back to its peak from 2015.
“Definitely a lot of motivation coming up,” Cormier said. “I think all of us are really determined to bring it home again and try again for another year.”
Though the Rams experienced a share of losses like all programs do, they return a strong core of high-tenacity scorers and energetic players. One of those is midfielder Eliza Jansujwicz, who believes the deep roster will be a key factor in Bangor making a run.
“Just our depth. We have a lot of great players, off the bench in games,” she said. “We’ve got a ton of great subs, great starters, definitely a threat this year.”
Defenseman Lauren Young was expected to be a big part of that, but her 2017 season is now in jeopardy. Young broke her tibia and fibula in a tournament game in Indiana this summer, and underwent emergency surgery that day. The three-sport athlete said overcoming the injury has been one of the toughest tasks of her life, but she is embracing the challenge in hopes she will bounce back.
“Obviously it’s been hard mentally, but things are only as hard as you make them be. This makes me more motivated than I had been I feel like. I just am ready to get going again. I feel like I’ll work much harder and I’ll come out much 10 times better than last year because I’ll be stronger than I was,” she said.
But her teammates believe not only will she be stronger, but she’ll be back and ready to go before the season’s end.
“She would try to come back right now if she could,” Cormier said. “She’s still trying to work on just walking at this point. But I think playing is in the near future so that’s good.”