Presque Isle, ME - The University of Maine at Presque Isle Men's Soccer Team has had difficulty scoring goals throughout much of the 2018 season and coming into today's final game of 2018, the Owls knew that facing a very talented UMFK team would provide a tremendous challenge for the team if they were to pull off the upset. Not only would the Owls need to find a way to put some points on the scoreboard but they also, would have to contain a potent offensive attack from their opponents.
The UMaine-Fort Kent team (13-5-2) however, was big, strong and athletic and proved to be too much for the Owls (4-12-1), controlling the Sunday afternoon match played in cold conditions at Park Family Field and winning 7 to 0 over UMPI. The Bengals were impressive with their passing game and quickness getting to the ball and applied offensive pressure throughout the contest. UMFK struck early when midfielder Travar McCollah received a touch pass from Cesar Arroyo just over 5 minutes into the game to put Me-Fort Kent up quickly 1 to 0. Just 1 minute and 21 seconds later freshman forward Shawn Genus would score on a nice pass from Damion Rankine. At the 28:36 mark of the opening half Genus would score his 2nd goal of the half teaming up with Rankine once again for the score, and the Bengals would go into the halftime break with a 3 to 0 lead.
Four different players scored in the 2nd half for the visitors as they opened up their lead. UMPI goal keeper Caleb Thompson, a sophomore from Washburn, Maine, had 6 saves on the game while Bengals goalie Romario Romain had to keep out just 1 shot on net.
The Owls who battled injuries all season and played at less then full strength once again in this game, finished their season with a record of 4 Wins, 12 Loses and 1 Tie in their initial season in the North Atlantic Conference. UMPI does not have any Seniors on their roster which bodes well for the future of the Program.