ASHLAND, Maine - The Ashland girls soccer team's record over the past four years is nearly immaculate: 69-3, four regional titles, and runner-up for the Class D state championship last year. But that's now in the past.
"We have to focus on this year, this team." Head coach Peter Belskis, said.
The Hornets graduated a large, successful group of seniors last year leaving Belskis with 18 players, only five of whom are upperclassmen.
"We've got a very young nucleus of players," Belskis said. "But they're very talented and they've got a lot of potential."
Belskis will lean on three seniors to lead the team and be mentors for the younger players. They've experienced the success of team's past and know the challenge they have ahead of them.
"We know we have to work hard," Senior goalkeeper Valerie Burby, said. "If we want something, we have to work for it."
With such a young team, Belskis said he's focused on getting better, one game, one day at a time and the primary tactic remains the same.
"Offense wins games, defense wins championships," Belskis said. "We're all about the defense on this team and that's how we're going to play."
The Hornets kick off their 2018 season on Monday, August 20th against Easton.