The University of Maine Fort Kent Soccer teams spend more time on the road then they do on the practice field or playing in games. The Bengals are in West Virginia this week competing for the USCAA National Championships. Rene Cloukey is with them and says they are Road Warriors.
This bus is very familiar to the UM Fort Kent Soccer teams. Several times during the season they ride this bus from State to State. Listen to this stat from Bill Ashby on the number of hours on the road
“We probably travel between 170 and 180 hours on the road this year playing games across the country. We try to find the best talent we can it doesn’t matter the division or where we play the best teams we can and try to make the playoffs.”
Women’s coach Lucas Levesque says that his team spent over 150 hours on a bus
“We have been out to Prince Edward Island we had a nice long trip there. A long trip to Pittsburgh played three games there we have been to Vermont, been to Southern Maine. We have traveled throughout the East Coast.”
This is pretty much a full time job for the players, they have to juggle their practice and playing schedules with schoolwork.
” Levesque says” First and foremost we talk about the importance of their education and the discipline they have to be. These kids sacrifice a lot of their social life so they can be successful on the field and in the classroom.”
Ashby says his team does a great job juggling everything. ” Our players handle it well we have four or five Academic All Americans this year. It’s taxing on the players and on the coaching staff too ,but you have to do what you have to do to be successful and that is what we do here at UM Fort Kent.”
Another week another long bus trip in the quest for National Championships. Reporting from Charleston West Virginia. I’m Rene Cloukey News Source 8