The University of Maine Fort Kent Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams are setting their sights on another berth in the USCAA National Playoffs. Both Bengal teams had impressive weekend showings with two convincing wins. Lucas Levesque says the Lady Bengals are very deep with a young , but talented lineup.
We start six freshman our first two off the bench are freshman. We are going to see as time goes on how we can develop. So far so good. We have looking great and moved the ball very well.”
The women will have two early season tests this weekend. They take on the Defending USCAA National Champion Daeman College on Saturday and NCAA Division Two power Adderson -Broaddus on Sunday. Levesque Says the team is focused on trying to win another National title.
” You never want to say championship or bust, but I mean that is really our mentality. We know that is where our goal is. We have talked about it since day one. We are going to push and work hard and fight throughout the regular season. This is the toughest schedule we have had.”
The UMFK Men’s team has several new faces this year . Coach Bill Ashby says they have come together as a team very quickly
“Rene I am very happy with the progress we have made in the last 20 days. We brought in nine new freshman and we had 10 or 15 returners. We have come together nicely, great team chemistry and I like the direction we are going.”
The Bengals take on Colby College on Wednesday and then take on Daeman College on Saturday. Then later in the season they get playoff ready with several games against national powers
” We have some Division 2 opponents down in West Virginia and Washington DC. It’s a big schedule we travel all over the country. It should set us up for the National Tournament.”
Ashby feels the team will be a lot of fun to watch and will bring excitement to the campus
” I think it is going to be very exciting soccer to come and watch. Great passing ability. The guys really compete.. Hard defenders of the ball and we have a great counter attack. Should score a lot of goals and the defense is tight. Two freshman goalkeepers who have stepped up so I am happy where we are.”