Gameday Preview: UMPI at Vermont Tech
|Game||Men's Soccer: UMPI Owls at Vermont Tech Knights|
|Time||11:00am Saturday, September 1st|
|Location||Randolph Center, VT|
|Last Meeting||September 4, 2011 at Vermont Tech|
|Result||UMPI def. Vermont Tech, 2-0.|
University of Maine-Presque Isle OWLS
|Head Coach||Alan Gordon (22nd Season)|
|Affiliation||NCAA Division III & USCAA|
|Conference||Association of NCAA Division III Independents|
|About the Owls||
The UMPI Owls begin the season in Vermont, looking to get off to a quick start 2012. To do that, Alan Gordon's squad will need to find out quickly what mix of returners and newcomers are going to be able to match the production lost with the departures of 2011 standouts Craig Maffei, Kyle Corrigan, and Aaron Hutchins.
Additionally, the Owls should also get some spirited, experienced goalkeeping from Josh MacKinnon (Jr./Lismore, NS) who had some solid stretches in '11 while splitting time between the posts with graduated senior Richard Felbaum.
Gordon has been around long enough to know when a team has potentially the right mix of experience and talent. Could the 2012 squad fit the bill?
"If we can capitalize on our speed and quickness to put the ball in the back of the net, it could be a very exciting season for the UMPI men's soccer team," says the coach.
Vermont Tech KNIGHTS
|Head Coach||W. Jamie Hutchins|
|About the Knights||Vermont Tech begin the season with head coach W. Jamie Hutchins looking to improve upon last year's 4-12-1 record. They will look to do so by returning many of the key players from the 2011 season. Amongst the players coming back to the Knights are Junior Defender Ramsey Allen (Sheldon, VT), Senior Forward Matthew Golden (Lisbon, NH), Junior Forward Hannes Fisher-Byrne (Strafford, VT), and Senior Defender Kyle Wells (Barre, VT). Major losses from last year's squad include Goalie Zach Fortuna (Ludlow, VT) and Midfielder Daniel Mujica (Caracas, Venezuela).|