CALAIS-- The 2014 Calais Blue Devils soccer team will have a solid group of senior leaders to go along with a strong group of freshmen.
"In my first year in this coaching position I am intrigued by the outlook for this year and years to come,"Calais coach Ryan Lincoln said. "I have five key returning starters that will help set the table for a large group of freshman athletes. I believe our veteran leadership will be a big key to success this season. Gaining seven freshmen players is huge to the program, and being able to have such great leadership will only help."
The Blue Devils will have a schedule full of teams with experience. Lincoln is looking forward to leading his crew, and is hoping for at least a .500 record that would lead to a class C tournament spot. Calais finished 4-9-1 last season.
"We play a tough schedule no doubt about it (Houlton, WA, Lee, Fort Kent, Mattanawcook) just to name a few. We play a tough schedule no doubt about it (Houlton, WA, Lee, Fort Kent, Mattanawcook) just to name a few, "Lincoln said. "Some of the challenges we will face this season include: lack of varsity experience. We play a schedule full of teams with a lot of experience that include great coaching staffs. This may be the toughest challenge we face this season, but it will pay of in the end and down the stretch."
Lincoln started his varsity coaching career last season when he took over the boys basketball program at Acadia Christian. He is looking forward to leading the boys soccer program at Calais high school.
"I have always been actively involved in athletics and soccer has been always close to my heart,"Lincoln said. "I am so pleased to have the opportunity to coach at such a known school for not only athletics but a great education system."
Calais will open up the season with a trip to Houlton. They will follow that up with home games against Washington Academy and Mattanawcook.
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