Katahdin girl’s soccer program back after two-year absence

12 years ago

By Gloria Austin
Staff Writer
    The Katahdin Lady Cougars soccer team is back under new head coach Lisa Timberlake. The Lady Cougars have been without a girls program for two years.
    “This is a brand new team,” said Timberlake. “We have three seniors who are experienced players, two even played on the boys team the last two seasons.”
    Senior captains are Makayla Patterson, goalie; Megan Merry, striker and Ashley Randall, who plays either the midfield or fullback position.
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sp-katg7941-dcx-pt-38CONTROLS — Morgan Livezey of Katahdin, right, controls the ball against a Bangor Christian defender in a recent game.

    “Makayla is outstanding,” said Timberlake. “Even though our opponents score anywhere from five to 12 goals, she usually has at least 35 or more shots taken, so her percentage is fantastic on shots to goals.”
    Playing back up to Patterson is freshman Courtney Stevens, who Timberlake acknowledged would be the starting goalie next year.
    “Courtney has gotten some playing time this year and she has been doing a great job, as well,” she added.
     Timberlake said Merry is one of the “most talented players” on the team.
    “She is a savvy ball handler and executes powerful shots on goal,” Timberlake said. “She offers great leadership to the team, assisting the girls with less experience who are learning quite a bit from her.”
    Randall can play either halfback or fullback and is ready wherever her coach needs her to be.
    “Against our tougher opponents, I put her in as a defender because of her speed and excellent foot,” said Timberlake. “She is superb at booting the ball out of the middle. Ashley has the absolute best attitude and is always helpful and encouraging to her teammates.”
    Other standouts in the Lady Cougars’ lineup are freshman Sophie Vetter and upperclassman Morgan Livezey.
    “Sophie is one of our best ball handlers and is critical in our ability to get the ball up the field,” explained Timberlake. “It is usually Sophie or Megan’s footwork that gives us an offensive threat. Sophie will be a leader on this team in years to come.
    “Morgan is also one of the most talented players on the team,” added Timberlake. “She goes in at sweeper against our tougher opponents and midfielder when we need more offense. She makes so many saves per game I lose count. Like Ashley, Morgan has a positive attitude and is so helpful to me and the other players.”
    Though the Lady Cougars only have one tie against five losses, Timberlake is pleased with how the girls are handling the season.
    “These girls never get discouraged,” she said. “They are looking to improve with each game and they have. This group will be competitive in years to come. I am so proud of all of them!”
    Monday in Ashland, the Lady Cougars fell 8-2 to the Hornets. Merry and Vetter each scored for Katahdin, while Brianna Majkowski added an assist. Goalie Patterson blocked 16 of 35 shots faced.
    The Lady Cougars had three shots on goal.
    On Saturday, the Lady Cougars were blanked 7-0 by host Bangor Christian. Patterson had 15 saves on 25 shots for Katahdin.
    The Lady Cougars were overpowered 12-1 by Fort Fairfield last Wednesday in Stacyville. Randall had Katahdin’s only goal and Patterson made 14 saves.