Presque Isle, ME – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Men's soccer team has added four more quality players from Maine to their 2020 recruiting class. Gavin Vining, a midfielder/forward from Island Falls, Maine. Samuel Lane, a defender from Greenville, Maine. Zachary Beaumont, a keeper from Gorham, Maine. And Javen Clarke, a keeper from Ellsworth, Maine will join the Owls next season.
Vining was a 4-year varsity starter and 3-year captain for Southern Aroostook High School where he was selected to both the All Aroostook and All Region teams. While playing for the Warriors Vining led the team with 20 goals his senior season playing both midfield and forward. Vining was also a two-year member of the Seacoast United soccer club.
Vining plans to study Criminal Justice at UMPI and would like to become a Maine State Trooper following graduation. When asked about coming to UMPI this fall to play for the Owls Vining stated, "I think it is an honor to be a part of the UMPI team and I look forward to what is to come." Vining's High School coach Austin White states "Gavin's drive and will to play the game is second to none. His dedication and hustle is what collegiate sports are all about."
Lane was a 2-year varsity starter for Greenville High School where he was selected to the PVC All-Academic team and received the Athletic Award. While anchoring the Laker defense Lane was twice selected team defensive player of the year and helped lead the team to eight shutouts and two trips to the Western Maine playoffs. Lane was also a member of the Bangor Soccer Club for two seasons. Lane's high school coach Ryan Bolen states, "Sam is a highly competitive player with the determination and athleticism to succeed at the college level. He always took on the toughest challenges and was willing to do what he could for the team."
Lane plans to study Physical Education and hopes to become a physical education teacher and coach following graduation. When asked about coming to play soccer for the Owls this fall Lane stated, "I am very thankful for UMPI giving me the chance to play at the collegiate level. I can't wait to be a part of the Presque Isle community both on and off the field."
Beaumont played Goal Keeper for the varsity soccer team at Gorham High School in Gorham, Maine his junior and senior seasons when the team was both the conference champion and State runner up in 2018 and a Semi-finalist in 2019. Beaumont really developed as a top goalkeeper during his two seasons training and competing for the Seacoast United Soccer Club. Martin Keen, the Director of Goal Keeping for Seacoast United states, "I have coached 26 NCAA Division I goal keepers and Zach is as athletic as any of them. He could be a real diamond in the rough for UMPI and I am very excited to see how he develops."
Beaumont plans to study Business at UMPI and when asked about coming to play soccer for the Owls this coming season Zach states "I am looking forward to being a part of a successful team at the collegiate level."
Clarke was a 3-year varsity starting goal Keeper and captain for Ellsworth High School in Ellsworth, Maine. Javen's work ethic and commitment to his team earned him the respect of both his teammates and coaching staff. Clarke's high school soccer coach Paul Lock stated, "Javen is a very focused and hardworking player on and off the field. He was a team leader for us and his efforts in goal saved many games for us during his high school career." Clarke also played 6 years of Club soccer for Black Bear United and the Acadia Fire Soccer Club.
Clarke plans to study Physical Education at UMPI and hopes to become a physical education teacher and coach following graduation. When asked about coming to UMPI to play soccer for the Owls this fall Clarke stated, "I am excited to play for Coach Gordon. I enjoyed the philosophy he shared with me on both soccer and life. UMPI's small college atmosphere and Physical Education program are exactly what I was looking for in a college."
U-Maine Presque Isle Head Soccer Coach Alan Gordon is extremely excited to have Gavin, Sam, Zach and Javen join the Owls team in 2020. Coach Gordon states, "All of these young men have the work ethic, dedication and athletic ability to step in and immediately make an impact on the success of the Owls team in 2020. Their experience at both the high school and club levels has definitely prepared them to help the Owls compete for a trip to the conference playoffs next season. I am looking forward to seeing them take the field with their new teammates in the fall."