The 2012 University of Maine Fort Kent men’s soccer team has reloaded their roster in hopes of making a run at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Championship. UMFK return just four regular starters off last years’ team which finished at 15-1-2 reaching the USCAA Final Four were they lost in PKs to eventual champion Lindenwood University Bellevue. However, Coach Bill Ashby’s Bengals have reloaded in 2012 with a great recruiting class and hope to return to the USCAA National Tournament where the won it all in 2010.
The Bengals will be led by team captain Jarryd Phillips (Cape Town, South Africa) who returns for his senior season having both started and played the most games of any current player. Also returning to UMFK is keeper Giovanni Sinclair (St. Elizabeth, Jamaica) after a two year absence. Sinclair was instrumental in UMFK’s emergence as a NAIA power during the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons. He comes into 2012 with a career record of 30-2-2 with twenty-two shutouts.
On the offensive side of the ball, UMFK lost four of their five top scorers from 2011 with sophomores Wilfried Monthe (Douala, Cameroon 13g & 1a) and Kennard Brown (St. Elizabeth, Jamaica 6g &1a) as the top returning scorers along with Phillips (3g & 5a). In 2012, UMFK will rely on that trio as well as a new class of players.
The Bengals’ schedule in 2012 will be very difficult highlighted by early season matches with new USCAA member Daemen College at home and NCAA III Colby and Maine Maritime Academy away as well as a six games in nine days road trip to Kentucky, Ohio and up-state New York.
The eight-team USCAA National Tournament will return to the JB Lewis Soccer Facility November 1 - 3 in Asheville, NC (Host - Warren Wilson College).