HERMON – The Hawks failed to make it past the regional semifinals for the first time since 2010.
Head coach MJ Ball will tell you losing the final game of the season can be a special kind of torture, “It leaves a bad taste in your mouth, the season ends and then you have to wait an entire year to get back at it.”
Hermon’s 3-0 loss to Winslow in the 2018 playoffs marked a departure from winning ways, “everyone makes mistakes especially in soccer…and there’s so much to do, not to blame each other and trust each other and count on each other,” said senior Paige Plissey.
Confidence in your teammates is essential in big games, but 12 of last year’s players graduated. They go from a senior class of 12, to a senior class of just 5.
“I always looked up to our seniors and we always had so many, so now that we have a minimum it’s weird that you have all the underclassmen looking up to just the five of us and we’re role models for them…” said Plissey.
Ball is tasked of introducing around 18 underclassmen to the Hermon tradition of success, but these girls wont be watching the season from the sidelines.
“They’re going to fight for spots, and the preseason is a chance for us to look at different players in different spots, and where I have them today could be totally different on day one when we actually start,” said Ball.
Their freshman and sophomores have a lot of growing up to do stepping into a meaningful role with the hawks, “when you’re younger you just think about putting the ball in the net but when you get older there’s a lot of other thought that goes in to it,” said sophomore Maddy Higgins.
They open the season next Saturday at Foxcroft Academy.