Bengals experience busy start to season

FORT KENT, Maine — As the weather has cooled off a bit, the University of Maine at Fort Kent fall sports teams are heating up. Last week was a busy week for both soccer teams and the volleyball team.

Women’s soccer played last Saturday, Sept. 21, against the University of Maine at Machias and took care of business sinking the Clippers, 5-1. Searra Herbert led the way with two goals on the day. The women’s soccer team record now sits at 5-3.

Women’s volleyball also played against the University of Maine at Machias last week, beating the in-state rival in both matches in three straight sets. On Saturday, Sept. 28, the team hosted its home opener against Fisher College and once again won both matches in three straight sets. 

According to UMFK sports information representative Fletcher Brown, Heather Harness stood out as she consistently racked up points for the Bengals with her kills over the net that the defense just could not handle. She leads the USCAA in kills per set with just over four a game, followed by her teammate, Luse Lumas with 3.8 kills per set. 

The Bengals have won four in a row and will host their rival, the University of Maine at Presque Isle, on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the UMFK Sports Center at 5 p.m.

The UMFK men’s soccer team is looking to keep its undefeated streak alive during a long road trip down South this week against some of the best competition in the nation. After blowing out U-Maine Machias 8-0 last Saturday, the Bengals traveled to Kentucky to take on Lindsey Wilson College, the eighth-ranked team in the NAIA and winners of nine national championships in the last 20 years.

In a back and forth battle for almost the entire game, said Brown, the Bengals were able to capitalize after a Lindsey Wilson red card. Down one in the 89th minute, Aaron Boateng scored the equalizer after a free kick from Travar McCollah, sending the game to overtime. Ryan Merckel then gathered his own rebound and found the upper right corner to win the game for the Bengals.

On Saturday at Union College, Miguel Barnaby scored for the Bengals early in the second half, but the team allowed a goal to Union in the 83rd minute and could not respond after that. The game resulted in a 1-1 draw. The Bengals’ record sits at 7-0-1.

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