August 23, 2010
The University of Maine at Fort Kent men’s soccer team will open their season this Thursday August 26 at Alumni Memorial Field in Fort Kent, Maine at 5pm vs. Roberts Wesleyan College (NY). The Preseason NAIA #11 Bengals are looking to win their fifth straight Sunrise Conference Championship and will attempt to return to the NAIA postseason for the fourth straight year. Coach Bill Ashby’s Bengals will put a 53 game regular season unbeaten streak on the line Thursday when they begin their 2010 season verse RWC out of the NAIA American Mideast Conference.
The Bengals, 17-1-1 in 2009, return nine of eleven starters led by NAIA All-Americans Andre Anderson (F Manchester, Jamaica) and Barrington Blake (D St. Elizabeth, Jamaica). Anderson has scored 175 points (68 goals & 39 assist) in his three-year career including 15 & 5 last year while Blake anchored a defense that gave up just six goals last season and was the Sunrise Conference Defensive Player of the Year. The Bengals bring back plenty of experience from a year ago to team up with Anderson and Blake including their top two scores in juniors Keith Williams II (15 & 7 Trinidad & Tobago) and Jermaine West (15 & 6 St. Elizabeth, Jamaica).
Senior Luka Odak (Kutina, Croatia) who led the team and Sunrise in assists last season with 15 returns for his final season while senior Walford Stewart (St. Elizabeth, Jamaica) and sophomores Spencer Jacoby (Johannesburg, South Africa) and David Girouard (GK St-Eustache, Quebec) should have increased roles. Jacoby has the versatility to move to the middle of the field while Stewart has plenty of offense with 63 career points (19 & 25). Girouard is expected to start in goal for the Bengals with the departure of Giovanni Sinclair. Coach Ashby will also call on sophomore local products Russ Mortland (Presque Isle, Maine), Shawn Parker (Madawaska, Maine) and Shane Theriault (Fort Kent, Maine) and a very deep bench for more production this season.