2018 Soccer Preview: Houlton Girls

HOULTON, Me. (WAGM) - The Shiretowners climbed to the top of the mountain in 2017, but this is a new a year and they graduated a large number of seniors.

"We've got a young group," Head Coach Tim Tweedie said. "Only two seniors and nearly half of our team is made up of freshman."

Even though senior Jamie Brown reached her goal of being a state champion, she is not satisfied, she wants more, and she's working with her younger teammates to accomplish her goal.

"We're definitely a younger team, but we're not looking to have that slow us down," Brown said. "We're coming everyday to practice, putting everything into it, just putting in all the work and hopefully that'll get us a far run in the tournaments."

Brown's fellow senior, goalkeeper Tessa Solomon saw her entire defense graduate after last season putting extra pressure on her to communicate clearly to the girls stepping in.

"It's honestly all communication," Solomon said. "As long as they have someone talking behind them, it takes that weight off their shoulders."

Coach Tim Tweedie is itching to get the season started, but recognizes his new team still needs a bit of time to gel.

"Right now, we're still figuring out who we are," Tweedie said. "If we work hard, stay healthy, and if these kids learn at the pace they have been, I think we can make some noise."