The University of Maine Fort Kent men’s and women’s soccer teams are in Charleston West Virginia for the USCAA National Soccer Playoffs. Rene Cloukey is traveling with them and will be filing stories throughout the week. Tonight he profiles the two teams
The University of Maine Fort Kent women’s soccer team heads into the tournament as the number one seed. They lost one game early in the year and then didn’t give up a goal for 11 straight contests.
“Obviously we are excited. It was what we worked and set out to do. Getting the one seed means a lot to us. It helps in terms of seeding and where we are playing. We are very comfortable with where we are at we are playing fantastic right now.”
The Bengals lost in the championship game last year and are once again looking to get that that level. They are still quite young, but they are exciting to watch.
“We start only two seniors and on the flip side of that we start five freshman. Our first three off the bench are freshman so we have eight freshman really contributing and playing a big role for us.
The UMFK men’s team heads into the playoffs as the number two seed. They have several new faces on this years teams
“We did have some good players coming back. Recruiting went real well. A young team has come together to a point where I think we can make a run at this tournament and do well.”
The Bengals lost two tough games late in the season, but Ashby says it was a good learning experience
” Never like to lose, but you can always learn things from every game. I think we learned some things to make us stronger. We played five tough teams on the road and picked up a couple of losses to the number one team in the country in West Virginia Tech. I think we learned a lot and hopefully it will help us in the tournament. “
The Bengals first games are Thursday afternoon. I will be filing reports for News Source 8 each day. Reporting from Charleston West Virginia I’m Rene Cloukey News Source Sports