SMCC soccer teams pumped for new season

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The SMCC men’s soccer team, the defending Yankee Small College Conference champions, are looking for more glory in 2011 with some new faces on the roster. Former Greely High standout John Coyne, a forward, along with midfielder Taylor Stetson and defender Layne Kearney-Graffam join top returners Nick Link (of South Portland), a center-back, and Academic All-American Kyle Ehlers.

The SMCC women have a new coach in Adam Perron, who spent time coaching at the high school level at Deering and South Portland. The Seawolves hope to return to the playoffs behind returnees Esther Palmieri (of South Portland), Noelle Cooper (of Scarborough) and Cady Gagnon (of Biddeford), last year’s leading scorer. Several newcomers with familiar names will help the cause. That group includes Deering’s Bethany Gullbrand, Krystal Saavedra and Stephanie Saavedra, Cumberland’s Ali Waterman and Scarborough’s Hannah Lyons. Callie Day is another newcomer to watch. SMCC opens Saturday at the University of Maine-Augusta.

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