The Defending Eastern Maine Class C Champion Fort Kent Warriors open the season on Friday in Van Buren. The team lost a heartbreaker to Wayneflete in the State Championship game last year and Coach Robbie Nadeau says the team heads into the season looking for another successful year.
They are focused to become a better soccer team. I hate to give them expectations at the beginning of the season that are to high or to low. It hurt last year when they lost the State game and they want to get back there. Hopefully we will put the work in to return.”
The Warriors spend a considerable amount of each practice working on conditioning. Nadeau knows that being in shape is very important especially with the tough schedule the team faces
” We are fortunate to play in the County with so many quality teams. All the Class C teams we play Houlton and Madawaska are well coached. The D teams are great and we play some good solid Class b teams. Every game for us is a playoff game, playoff mentality. It really suits us well when we start the playoffs later in the year.”
The Warriors graduated some key players last years team, he says things change every year and that makes it exciting
“The fun part about coaching high school soccer is we are always getting new kids in. It’s tough to lose kids, but there are always kids stepping up and playing good roles for us.”
Fort Kent has a very strong soccer tradition that carries over from team to team
“The last three seasons we have done fairly well. Our freshman coming in were sixth seventh eighth graders during that time and they were here watching those games. They were seeing all the people cheering for the team and they come and want to do the same thing the older kids did.”