PRESQUE ISLE, Me. (WAGM) - Head coach Ralph Michaud and the Presque Isle Wildcats were at the precipice last season. They just won the Class B North championship and then they ran into a buzzsaw. Yarmouth defeated the Wildcats 9-0. Presque Isle has 18 players returning from last year's team to avenge their loss and the journey starts now.
"We're playing some really tough games in the preseason," head coach Ralph Michaud said. "We're going to down to play Bangor and Scarborough who are both in a class above us. When you play teams like that, you find out what your weaknesses are."
One strength they can count on is their scoring up front. Senior Madison Michaud is already the school's all-time leading scorer with 86 goals. That's an average of almost 30 goals per season for the past three seasons, but her attention is elsewhere.
"Honestly, I just come out here to play and have fun with my friends," Michaud said. "If a record happens, that's great, but that's not what I'm focused on."
With so many returning players, they already have a phenomenal rapport with each other.
"This is one the closest teams I've been on," Senior goalkeeper Savannah Rodriquez said. "We really are a true family, these are all my sisters and it's really fun playing with them."
Presque Isle's quest for a state championship opens begins on Saturday against Ellsworth.