BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School junior varsity girls’ soccer team learned over the season to leverage their individual skills for team success, Coach Kylie Bragdon said. “At the beginning of the season, it was obvious that we had a lot of raw talent, but we had difficulty playing as a team.”
The team ended the season with a 6-6 record, with marked improvement as the weeks passed. “Midway through the season, we placed an emphasis on defense, making the entire team more accountable for their positioning and game decisions,” Bragdon said. That approach seemed to work.
“The fewer goals we allowed, the more confidence we gained,” Bragdon said. Defensive effort improved coordination and led to offensive success. “All of a sudden we started scoring more goals.”
Sophomore Caroline McMinimy was the primary goalie, with Addie Beal as backup.
In the team’s final game of the season, they were up against John Bapst. The game showcased the progress they had made turning strong individual parts into a working machine. “Everything seemed to click that game,” Bragdon said. “Our defense was incredibly strong, and we scored six goals.
“Given the improvements I saw throughout the season, I know the MDI soccer program will have a bright future.”
Team members included senior Tuva Vik; sophomores Abby Bridgers, Maya Watras, Elizabeth MacDonald, Caroline McMinimy, Addie Beal, Julia Hendricks, Emma Burdette, Lillian Anderson, Sarah Soucek and Mariah Hamor; and freshmen Corinne Simis, Madison Thornton, Adriana Novella, Georgia Hansbury, Danielle White, Raisha Lipski, Samantha Jacobs, Eliza Schleif and Ellie Bridgers.