The U-Maine-Fort Kent men’s and women’s soccer teams are prepared for their season openers this Labor Day Weekend as they host a round robin classic with United States Colligiate Athletic Association (USCAA) member Vermont Technical College (Randolph, VT) and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) school Holland College (Prince Edward Island, Canada)
On Saturday August 31, UMFK will kick-off the season hosting Vermont Tech in a double header at Alumni Memorial Field. The women play first at 1pm followed by the men at 3pm.
Sunday, the Holland College Hurricanes will play Vermont Tech in a neutral site double header with the women playing first at 11am followed by the 1pm men’s match-up.
Action will wrap up on Labor Day, Monday September 2, with UMFK hosting Holland College in an 11am and 1pm double header with the women playing first.
All UMFK women’s and men’s games will be shown live via webcasts on UMFK’s BengalVision .
2013 UMFK Soccer Pre-season Recaps
De Frietas last second goal saves Bengals
Sophomore midfielder Glenn De Frietas (Johannesburg Gauteng, South Africa) collected a deflected ball off a coner kick and punched home the equalizer with just six seconds left giving the U-Maine-Fort Kent men’s soccer team their second straight 2-2 draw with Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) institution Carleton University Wednesday evening in an exhibition contest from Fort Kent, Maine.
Kennard Brown (Jr., St. Elizabeth, Jamaica) evened the score at one in the twenty-third minute of the first as he controlled a ball in the offensive third and beat the Raven keeper low to the corner for his first pre-season goal. However, Carleton earned and converted a PK in the eighty first minute to regain a one-goal advantage after one of their players was ruled taken down in the UMFK box, setting up De Frietas’s late heroics.
In Tuesday’s exhibition opener with Carleton, freshmen forward Ben Kluvers (Chicago, IL) scored the equalizer for the Bengals in the second half with Ross Downie (So. Edinburgh, Scotland) picking up the Bengals' other goal. Kluvers and Downie also picked up assists on the day.
In the both exhibition matches, freshmen keepers Jamie Cleland (Dunfermline, Scotland) and Nick Howard (Bolton, Lancashire, England) have split halves in goal with Cleland playing the first and Howard the second.
Women’s Soccer drops two in preseason action vs. CCAA defending Champ Ahuntsic
The U-Maine-Fort Kent women’s soccer team dropped a pair of preseason exhibition games to Ahuntsic College (Montreal, Canada) 7-2 and 1-0 as they are tuning up for their season opener this Saturday August 31 against USCAA members Vermont Technical College at 1pm in Fort Kent, Maine.
The Lady Bengals played Ahuntsic, the defending Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Champions, this past Thursday and Friday.
In Thursday’s contest, the Ahuntsic Indians jumped on the Lady Bengals early as Maripier Gougeon scored three of her game high four goals in the first sixteen minutes putting the visitors up 6-1 by halftime. Coach Levesque’s 2013 team features twelve first year players who got a chance to play on Alumni Memorial Field in a UMFK jersey for the first time. Two of those first year players accounted for the Lady Bengal’s goals with forward Marie-Laurence Montagne (Montreal, Canada) scoring in the 20th minute and forward Ashleigh Williams (Kingston, Jamaica) adding the other goal eight minutes later as she used some fancy footwork to beat the Indian keeper for UMFK’s other score on the day.
2012 leading scorer and USCAA All-American Katherine Ferland (Montreal, Canada) sat out the preseason games as she is recovering from a minor injury.
Ahuntsic outshot the Lady Bengals 37-9 and had an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks on the day. Lady Bengal keepers Jessica Kozachuk (Fy., Sarnia, Ontario) and Kimika Forbes (Sr., Trinidad & Tobago) combined to make 13 saves on 20 Indian shots on target. Forbes, a 2012 USCAA All-American, missed a large part of preseason camp so Kozachuk got the start.
In the second match-up Friday, the shots were once again one-sided (34-6 in Ahuntsic’s favor) but the UMFK defense and midfield did a better job of limiting the Indian’s high quality chances. Forbes started and played 77minutes giving up the only score to StephieAnn Dadaille in the fifth minute. Forbes made ten saves before giving way to Kozachuk who kept the Indians scoreless making four saves.
Men’s Soccer sweeps Ahuntsic to wrap up pre-season
The U-Maine-Fort Kent men’s soccer team wrapped up their pre-season Thursday August 22 and Friday August 23 with a pair of preseason exhibition wins over Ahuntsic College (Montreal, Canada) 6-4 and 4-2.
In Thursday action, UMFK scored three goals in three minutes to erase a 3-1 deficit and defeat Ahuntsic 6-4 in a game which was called due to darkness after 80minutes. Freshmen forward Ben Kluvers (Chicago, IL) scored four of the Bengals’ six tallies and freshmen keepers Jamie Cleland (Dunfermline, Scotland) and Nick Howard (Bolton, Lancashire, England) combined to make four saves on seven Hurricane shots.
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In Friday’s pre-season finale, UMFK scored two first half goals and then rolled to a 4-2 win behind an improved defense anchored by the Canadian trio of Kevin and Phil Dionne (St-Andre D' Argenteuil, Quebec) and Justin Soontiens (So., London, Ontario).
Kluvers notched his team leading seventh and eight goals of the preseason while Soontiens picked up a goal along with freshmen Kyle Robin (Glasgow, Scotland) who scored his off a corner kick. Freshmen keeper Nick Howard (Bolton, Lancashire, England) got his first start of the preseason and split halves with Jamie Cleland (Dunfermline, Scotland), combining in making one save on four saves Hurricane shots.