Owls hoping their process and progress leads to more improvement

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PRESQUE ISLE, Me (WAGM) - The UMPI women's soccer team got to experience some postseason play last season and they are looking forward to get out and start playing. The team lost several key players from last year's squad, but are hoping the new recruits can fill those spots and take the team to the next level.

"They didn't seem shy which was good. We're all starting to get to know each other a little bit better and it's coming along pretty good I'd say," said senior Allie Lopez.

"Yeah I'd hope to get a little bit further. We have a nice new group of girls coming in, so once we all get comfortable with each other then we'll be able to succeed," added senior Abby Deveau.

Early in the season the team have been working on team building drills and are focusing on intensity.

"We've been doing a lot of possession and skills that are going to help us with intensity for the season," said senior Janae Libby.

"Looking to get better each practice, even one percent better each practice. Then we're heading in the right direction," explained head coach Trevor Parent.

The Owls have improved their record in each of the last two seasons and are looking to do something the program hasn't seen since 2011.

"Hoping to come out with a winning record and I hope we leave it all out on the field and come out with some wins," Lopez said.

Last year was the debut of the ACAA conference tournament and UMPI made it to the championship game. The team wants to win it this year and take a crack at more postseason play.

"It was really cool to be able to go there and I'm hoping we can take it a step further. Maybe nationals hopefully," said senior Jessy Dickison.

"We made it to the conference championship and at the Division III level there are only 45 conference championships and we played in one of those 45. That's something to hang our hat on, but we're never really satisfied. Always looking to grow, process and progress," Parent said.