Presque Isle, ME – The UMPI women's soccer team adds another local star to the 2021 roster. Hope Shea is a transfer from the University of Maine at Fort Kent, attending UMFK for three years, and was captain her third year. Despite being at UMFK for three years, Shea will have two more years of eligibility left at UMPI.
Before attending Fort Kent, Shea was a four-year varsity player at Caribou High School. While at UMFK she helped her team reach the National Championship in her both of her two full seasons, one of which they became National Champions. In both of those years, 2018 and 2019 Shea was also named to the All-American and All-Academic Teams.
Her former coach Alex Smith, at UMFK, spoke about how much potential this junior still has. "Hope is a special player that values hard work. I could always count on her to give me 150% on and off the field. Frequently I would say do better than what you have been doing and she always managed to create a higher roof for herself. " said Coach Smith.
UMPI Coach Aaron Marston shares his excitement for Shea's commitment. "We are beyond excited to have Hope join us to finish out her collegiate career. Hope is a tenacious defender and a true holding midfielder who will provide great leadership for us on and off the field. She has played in big games and knows how to win."
When asking about how she feels about her decision to attend UMPI in her final two years, Shea said, "I am so excited to begin my journey at UMPI, both academically and athletically. I have recently started the education program and I am loving the experience. Soccer will always be my biggest passion and UMPIs program is extremely welcoming."
The Owls are looking forward to having Hope Shea on the UMPI campus this Fall.