UMFK men drop semifinal match at national tournament

FORT KENT, Maine — For the first time since the 2012 season, the University of Maine at Fort Kent men’s soccer team will not be playing for a United States Collegiate Athletic Association national title.

The Bengals lost 2-0 to Florida National on Sunday in the semifinals of the USCAA tournament in Virginia Beach.

Florida outshot UMFK, 24-4. Butch Forbes made seven saves in his final match as a Bengal.

The UMFK men, who had been looking to secure their 3rd straight USCAA title, end the 2017 season with an 18-2 record.

Earlier in the tournament, UMFK got off to a flying start, defeating Illinois Tech, 4-0, Thursday.

The score was only 1-0 at halftime, but the Bengals had plenty of shots and opportunities in that first match. James Blanchet was able to put two in the back of the net in that game, both assisted by Stefan Petricevic. Miguel Barnaby and Shawn Genus also scored against Illinois.

Friday, UMFK also blanked Albany College of Pharmacy 4-0. UMFK outshot their opponents 25-2. Petricevic scored first and Genus added two. UMFK also got an own goal from ACPHS.

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