standout leaving UMaine women’s soccer team after two seasons

Charlotte Messer putting soccer aside to discover academic passions

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 9:45pm

ORONO — For the past two school years, Camden Hills Regional High School graduate Charlotte Messer has been an undeclared major at the University of Maine, while playing for the university’s women’s soccer team. 

That is changing this summer as Messer, who would be a junior in college this fall, has opted not to enroll at the Orono-based university for fall classes, and does not have plans to return to the state’s flagship university. 

Instead, Messer will spend the upcoming school year away from college and will dedicate her time to discovering her academic passions with a goal of enrolling at a new university by the fall of 2020 with a declared major. 

“This upcoming semester was intended to be the time for me to declare a major and know for certain what direction to head down in my studies,” she stated. “Truth be known I am still debating different options. I figured something would grab me during the past two years attending UMaine and it hasn't happened yet.”

Despite knowing it was within her best interests, overall, to take time away from school, it was not easy to also leave the women’s soccer team. 

“I have to say that the biggest reservation I had about leaving was saying goodbye to my teammates who are like family,” she said. 

In a 2017 interview, she noted she was drawn to the university due to the high level and intensity the women’s soccer program plays at. (Read: Charlotte Messer makes her mark on UMaine soccer pitch)

“The coaching staff had told me that in coming to UMaine I would have the opportunity to impact soccer in this state for the better and that was very appealing to me,” she said at the time. 

As to where she will be playing, and studying next, she has ideas of where she would like to play and is open to staying within the state or even branching outside the New England region and playing somewhere in the southern portion of the country. 

“Right now the future seems so exciting,” she said. “I have time to make the big decisions.” 

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