Semifinal day in Virginia Beach Virginia. The UMFK men's and women's soccer teams looking to move into the finals. The women played the first game against Bryant and Stratton
THE UMFK women advanced to the Championship with a 6-0 win over Bryant and Stratton of Syracuse. The Bengals scored 5 first half goals. Marie Laurence Montagne scored the first goal from Catherine Bruno and then Montage assisted on two Sherifatu Sumaila . Then it was Montagne scoring again from Sumaila. Jennifer Cudjoe scored the final goal of the first half from Catherine Bruno. Sumaila scored the only goal of the second half unassisted. UMFK advances to the championship again as they continue their quest for a fourth straight national title.
Lucas Levesque, the UMFK women's coach says, "We wanted to make sure we played a high pressure game and set the tempo early. We got behind them early and often and we got some great goals. It took t he pressure off us and we were able to rest our legs as we get ready for fourth game in five days in the finals tomorrow.
UMFK senior, Marie Laurence Montagne says she was "relieved because when we first started I knew it was going to be a tough match. Just scoring the first goals takes off a lot of pressure and we knew we were just going to keep going and put that game away."
The University of Maine Fort Kent took on Florida National and this was a contentious game between the teams. Both teams had a couple of chances early in the game. Midway though the first half the Florida National Head Coach was given a red card. He was disqualified from the match and had to leave the field. When you are disqualified from the match you are not allowed to have contact with your team . According to UMFK coach Bill Ashby Fort Kent fans witnessed him talking with his team which is a violation. Florida National picked up the 2-0 win, but Ashby protested the game and the Bengals were awarded the forfeit win. They play for the National title Monday afternoon against Bryant and Stratton. Ashby says he was proud of the way his team played.
UMFK men's coach, Bill Ashby says "the boys played extremely hard. The boys fitness is great. This was a battle for 90 minutes. Two great teams very athletic and they battled right to the end. Great game and I am very happy with the effort the boys put forward today.
The University of Maine Fort Kent women will be playing Monday at 12 noon against SUNY ESF.