It's the middle of summer, but that didn't stop two perennial girls soccer powers from playing a couple of scrimmages this week. Bangor made the trip to Presque for two games in two days. This trip was as much about soccer as it was about bonding and building relationships..
(Joe Johnson):" It was nice of them to come down last summer and I said we would come up this year and he mentioned staying overnight and doing it twice. I thought it was a good idea. As far as I can the planning that went into it by our Seniors and the kids planning the trip they have had a good trip and a positive experience."
Bangor and Presque Isle have had success on the soccer fields in the past and these matchups will help the teams during the soccer season.
Joe Johnson:" It is nice to see you can get good games in the summer. It is nice to see he has the commitment to come play and I do to come play a quality game in the summertime."
(Ralph Michaud):" Whenever you get a team like Bangor to come play you in the summer. Two years ago they were State Champions in Class A and there are still kids on that team who played. So for us to get a quality scrimmage like that during the summer is great."
Both teams had the majority of veteran in attendance.
Michaud:" We have 18 returning players and 17 of them were here and some newcomers. We had 22 girls here today so it was nice."
Johnson:" It is a nice facility and to come up and have 30 kids play. It is nice to get that. We should have been doing this a long time ago."
The Wildcats are the defending Class B Northern Regional Champions.
Michaud says that it is difficult to get scrimmages in the summer
Michaud:" It is hard up here because school starts August 15th and the tryouts for us are the 13th so after next week it is a hands off period for two weeks for us."
Johnson and Michaud are now talking about making this an annual event.
Johnson:" I can see it happen. We are going to have them down in the preseason now. It is nice to play a quality opponent."
Michaud says the two games gave his players a chance to see what they needed to work on
Michaud:" I think it is a building process. A team like Bangor last night they showed our weaknesses and what we needed to work on. They are such a quality team if you don't play well you are going to see what your weaknesses are. It is a perfect scrimmage to get ready for the season."