Auburn, ME - The Central Maine Mustangs have added a nine-player freshmen class to its roster of ten returning players for the 2019 season.
Taylor Henry - 5'2" Forward/Midfield from Rumford, Maine/Mountain Valley High School. Taylor filled in as goalkeeper for Mountain Valley in 2018 for her senior season and ended up earning All-Conference selection for her efforts. She is a versatile player who will be used in a variety of roles. Taylor is in the General Studies program.
Cassi Smeltzer - 5'2" Forward from Waldoboro, Maine/Medomak Valley High School. Cassi first caught the eye of the Mustangs as a sophomore back in 2016. Her speed up front will be a valuable asset and she has added quite a bit of strength from her summer workouts. Look for Cassi to work in tandem with a number of the other Mustang forwards. Cassi is in the General Studies program, looking to get into Nursing.
Leya Harvey - 5'7" Midfield/Forward/Defense from Poland, Maine/Poland Regional High School. A very versatile, long-time premier player for Velocity Soccer Club, Leya's soccer knowledge and ability to adapt to a wide variety of playing styles will be a benefit to the Mustangs. Leya's physical strength and ability to handle the ball will make her a key part of the Mustang midfield. Leya is in the Architecture/Civil Engineering Program.
Bradie Reynolds - 5'7" Midfield/Forward from Farmington, Maine/Mount Blue High School. Bradie is expected to play mostly as an outside mid where her speed and ability to handle the ball will get the Mustangs moving down the field quickly. In preseason, Bradie has shown good, quick decision-making when she has the ball at her feet and that will be a big plus with Mustangs attack. Bradie is in the Architecture/Civil Engineering Program.
Jade Sturtevant - 5'6" Defense from Litchfield, Maine/Oak Hill High School. Jade has been slotted to play as the primary center back and will be tasked with running the Mustang defensive formations. She has good field awareness and is very calm under pressure. She is quick with the ball at her feet and has shown in preseason to be a good decision maker. Jade is studying in the Life Science Program.
Olivia Vachon - 5'5" Defense from Minot, Maine/Poland Regional High School. Liv will play at both the outside and inside defensive positions in a three-back and four-back set up. She has been a quick learner in preseason and has a very good head for the tactical part of the game. She has already paired up well with the other Mustang defenders. Olivia is in the Criminal Justice Program.
Samantha Moody - 5'6" Defense from Winthrop, Maine/Winthrop High School. Technically still a freshmen, Sam transferred in from University of Maine at Orono this summer and immediately connected with the Mustang players in their summer workouts. She will play as an inside and outside defender and will possibly see time farther up the field as she gets familiar with the playing systems. Samantha is in the General Studies Program.
Lauren Clough - 5'4" Forward/Midfield from Mount Vernon, Maine/Maranacook High School. Lauren has played premier soccer for Seacoast United and River City Athletics and came to the Mustangs over the summer where she jumped right into the strength & conditioning program. Lauren has good footskills and is fast with and without the ball at her feet. She has been working mostly as a center mid and forward but showed in the preseason scrimmage that she can be an outside player as well. Lauren is in the Medical Assistant Program.
Sadie Bourget - 5'3" Defense from Augusta, Maine/Cony High School. Sadie is another player who came to the Mustangs during the summer and immediately jumped into the strength & conditioning program. She is learning the Mustang defensive set-ups and will be used primarily as an outside back. Sadie is in the Criminal Justice Program.
According to Mustangs Head Coach, Rob Rodriguez, "This team has connected on a personal level quicker than any other I have coached. In most teams you tend to get a separation of returning and new players and that never happened here. At the same time that they all get along extremely well, they are also highly competitive with each other and can turn the simplest of tasks into a competition. They are fun to be around and they are a very talented group."
The Mustangs open their season on the road in Rhode Island on September 6 and their home opener is the following day, Saturday September 7 at 5 pm against Vermont Technical College.