UMFK Women look for fifth straight championship

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Fort Kent, Me (WAGM) - The University of Maine Fort Kent Women's soccer team has won the last four USCAA National Championships. The Bengals are now in the middle of preseason conditioning and are looking for another deep run into the playoffs. Coach Lucas Levesque says the team will have a lot of new faces in key positions

(Lucas Leveqsue):"Altogether we had a change of 14 from last year 8 of those were starters. We have a lot of new faces a lot of new players a lot of new people to plug in. It is going to be tough sledding early on, but we do have some talent and our expectations are going always going to stay the same. That is to win a National Championship when it is all said and done."

The Bengals first test will be Labor Day weekend when they make a long road trip

Levesque:" We are playing two NAIA scholarship programs in Ursuline College which is a very solid Division 2 school. We are playing three scholarship schools back to back to back. With ten freshmen we are going to have our work cut out for us. We have two Division 1 games scheduled this year so we know we are not going to be running through the table. Our job is to get better every day whether we win a game or lose a game as long as we are making progress and getting better."

Logan Bubar of Fort Fairfield is one of the seniors on the team. Bubar says there is some pressure on the team and they know they have a target on their backs.

(Logan Bubar):"There is some added pressure to perform well, but we are all pretty level headed. . When it comes down to it as long as we stay together as a team and keep each other motivated I don't see a problem with the pressure at all."

Caribou graduate Maddie Doucette is one of the new faces on the Bengals squad. Doucette says she has alreayd learned a lot and is looking forward to working with so many talented players

(Maddie Doucette):" It's been only a few days and I already learned so much. I think the different cultures are showing me different types of soccer."

The Bengals could be searching for the right combination early, They do have their leading scorer Sherifatu Sumaila back for her second year. Levesque says the team should be able to score goals.

Levesque:" In the attack I think we are going to be ok. I think defensivly is where it will take some time. We may have to outscore oppoents early and put up quite a few goals and give up a few goals. That is what coaching is about so we look forward to the challenge and getting better every day."