Virginia Beach, Virginia—The University of Maine Fort Kent women’s soccer reign continues as they beat SUNY ESF in the final match of the USCAA soccer championships, 2-0. The 2016 title is the sixth in seven seasons for the Bengals and fourth consecutive national title.
Coach Lucas Levesque’s Bengals had a tougher matchup than expected in the final, this being the closest game of the season for UMFK, with SUNY ESF having nine shots on goal, a season high allowed. Keeper Peighton Ahlberg made some key saves and the Bengal defense proved once again, why it is the best in the USCAA as they finish the season allowing just 11 goals in 21 matches.
UMFK scored both goals in the first half and again it was UMFK’s superstar players from Ghana who led the charge. Senior Jennifer Cudjoe started the scoring in the 16th minute. 2016 USCAA National Player of the Year and top goal scorer, junior Sherifatu Sumaila added to her UMFK single season goal record of 48, by adding a goal in the 27th minute to secure the Bengal victory.
UMFK finishes the season 21-0 and has now won 38 consecutive matches.
UMFK seniors Jennifer Kozachuk, Heidi Feichter, Marie-Laurence Montagne, Brianna Mills and Emma Ashby all won an unprecedented fourth championship in four seasons. This was the second championship for JUCO transfer seniors, Cristina Mendoza, Kelsi Lanphear, Yajaira Gonzalez, and Amairani Carbajal.
UMFK had four players named to the All-Tournament team as well. Seniors Jennifer Cudjoe, Brianna Mills, Marie-Laurence Montagne, while junior Sumaila was named as the 2016 Most Outstanding Player.