The University of Maine Fort Kent men's soccer team will look to hoist the USCAA National Title Trophy in November in Asheville North Carolina. Coach Bill Ashby says this years team is focused and looking forward to another successful season.
<(Bill Ashby):"We are looking forward to this year. We have a lot of returning players. We have 23 coming back from last years team. We have added 9 new players to the roster. I think we are stronger and think we are deeper. We are deep at every position and I like how they have shown the first 8 days here so I am looking forward to the season."
(Ben Kluvers):" It's looking good. We played a game at Laval in Quebec City and we looked on defense. It would have been nice to have a couple of goals in the game as well."
The Bengals have shown over the last few years they can score goals, Last year they outscored their opponents 117 to 10.
Ashby:" Always scoring goals goals change games. We have a great defense. We have some guys who can play defense all over the field which makes us a good offensive team also."
Ben Kluvers from the Chicago Illinois area was the team's leading scorer last season. He says after losing in the National title game two years in a row the team is looking to take another step forward.
Kluvers:" I know what it is like to be in a National Final now, Losing in the National Final to the same team two years in a row is frustrating. More than ever I want that National Championship and playing in a location will hopefully play to our advantage."
The Bengals have several returners from last year's squad. They did lose one of their leading play makers, Kennard Brown, but they have several talented players returning.
Alex Charette of Fort Kent will be putting the UMFK jersey on this year. Charette helped lead Fort Kent High School to a State Championship in 2010 says he is looking forward to getting back in action
(Alex Charette):" It is great to be back in town. Winning a State Championship for Fort Kent and now being back here for College and being a part of a National Championship is something I am looking forward to."
UMFK has a very tough schedule again this year. They are looking forward to a rematch with two time defending National Champion West Virginia University Tech who will be making the trip to Fort Kent in September
Ashby:"They were supposed to come last year, but had bus trouble on the way so they said they would come this year. They are scheduled to be here in September. They are always a good team it is always a good game . We played every game against them on turf and this will be on grass and we are looking forward to playing West Virginia Tech on the grass field."