The Owls held undefeated USCAA national power Fort Kent below their normal goal count, but could not capitalize on the offensive end, losing 4-0 Sunday afternoon.
The skillful Bengals were in control of the first 45 minutes of the match, outshooting the Owls 18-1 in the first period. Leading the technically sound UMFK attack was senior Kennard Brown who had a big day for Fort Kent with 2 assists and an unassisted breakaway goal as well.
Sophomore Jamie Reid put the Bengals on the board first, putting home a ball cleverly passed from Brown at 11:08. Fellow Scot Ross Downie would step up and tally a marker from Brown at the 17 minute mark to give the Bengals a 2-0 lead.
Less than a minute later, Brown would share no more, intercepting a Presque Isle pass at midfield and streaking through several Owls, lifting a pretty teardrop of a shot just over the outstretched arms of Owl keeper Caleb Bragg-Grady to bring the Bengal lead to 3-0.
Freshman Garth Banton would tack on an unassisted goal with 8:32 left in the first half to register the games last score. Fort Kent would muster 21 shots in the second stanza, but the Owl defense tightened a bit after halftime adjustments made by UMPI mentor Alan Gordon, playing much better against the variety of Bengal lineups used in the second half.
"I am proud of our effort against a really strong team, we had seven players sick and to give that effort, especially playing even in the second half, I am really proud," said Gordon.
Bragg-Grady would finish with 13 saves for the Owls, while the net keeping tandem of UMFK was never truly tested by the Owl offense.
The next Match for the Owls is Saturday, October 4th. That date is the annual UMPI "Blue Out" game, in which all Owl supporters are asked to wear blue and cheer on their favorite UMPI student-athletes. The match will pit both the men's and women's teams against UMaine rival Machias. Free "Blue Out" t-shirts will be given away to the first 100 fans in attendance. Women's action starts at 1pm and the men's game will follow.