The University of Maine Fort Kent soccer teams are in Asheville, North Carolina. The teams will be battling for USCAA National Championships again this year.
The Men's soccer team will look for that elusive men's soccer title. The last two years the Bengals have lost to West Virginia Tech in the Championship game. Coach Bill Ashby says his team is looking forward to the challenge
"This will be the fifth year in a row for our team to play in the National Championship. It is great experience and there are some very good teams. We have a good draw I like our team and I think the boys are ready to give it a good effort this year," said Ashby.
The Bengals have an 18-2 record and outscored their opponents 109 to 14. UMFK is the second seed in this years championship
"The last couple of years we have gone as the number one seed and there was a little bit of pressure on them. Number two I kind of like that seed so we can come out of the back and see what we can get done as we progress through the tournament," Ashby added.
The Tournament returns to Asheville, North Carolina after being played in West Virginia the last two years.
"It's a great complex the fields are big turf fields. I like the way they are set up . All the teams plays at the same time and everybody has the same amount of rest. I like the format at North Carolina," said Ashby.
The UMFK women are the two time defending National Champions. They have played in the title game six straight times.
"There is a big target on our back. We won four of the last five years and with the season we have. I think everyone will be gunning for us," said head coach Lucas Levesque.
The 19-2 Bengals are a scoring machine. They have scored 113 goals and given up just 9 in 21 games.
"This is a special group and we played a pretty tough schedule. Looking at scores it doesn't look like we had many tough games,but we did play and beat some very good teams. Our trip to Ohio showed us the little things we need to do to be successful," explained Levesque.
This is a veteran team with several players who can find the back of the net. Levesque feels the team is playoff ready
"This is probably our toughest schedule that we ever played and we are in a pretty good spot. We are fairly healthy which is another big key. When you have three games in three days i think this is the deepest team we have had . I feel pretty comfortable and we are where we need to be. It is one game at time and make sure we are focused and hungry."