PRESQUE ISLE, Me. (WAGM) - The UMPI men's soccer team is bouncing back after a disappointing 2017 season. With an infusion of youth and athleticism, the 2018 Owls have already surpassed they 2017 total in goals.
"We've got a complete team this year," head coach Alan Gordon said. "We're very strong in the back, we're young, but we're very quick and fast and athletic."
One of the newcomers making a big impact is first year forward and Van Buren native, Andre Rossignol. The former Caribou Viking standout has scored eight goals in his first seven games as an Owl and also earned North Atlantic Conference player of the week honors.
"I'm just lucky to be a first year player and to be where I'm playing on the field," Rossignol said. "I'm just finding corners at the moment so hopefully I can keep it going."
The Owls currently stand at 3-4 on the season and while they are on track to smash their record from last year, there's certainly room for improvement.
"We haven't played to our full potential," sophomore captain Paul Kaplan said. "But we definitely showed that we have the capability to play with some of the bigger teams."
UMPI is working its way towards conference play, which to most schools is just standard operating procedure, but for the Owls, it's pretty exciting.
"We've been trying to get back into the North Atlantic Conference for quite a few years and this year it happened for us, "Gordon said. "I think I'm even more excited than the guys because I've been through the ringers of 28 years of time here and the NAC is where it's at and we're very excited to be back."