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Lady Bengals set sights high

August 30, 2010

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The 2010 University of Maine at Fort Kent Lady Bengals soccer team is setting their goals very high this year as they take the field this Friday September 3 for the their season opener at home against St. Thomas University (Canada) at 1pm.  The 2010 Lady Bengals will be looking to return to their third straight NAIA National Tournament with great experience, depth and leadership.  The Lady Bengals went 17-1 in 2009 and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round for the second straight year.  However, UMFK was sent to the other side of the country to take on powerhouse Azusa Pacific and were beaten 3-0.  The tough loss and tournament draw has made the team hungry to get back and prove that they belong with the NAIA women’s soccer elite. 

Leading the charge offensively for UMFK will be junior striker Whitney Sinclair (Dexter, ME).  In 2009, Sinclair led the NAIA in six offensive statistical categories including total goals (41) and total points (94).  She was named Sunrise Conference Offensive Player of the Year and an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention.  The crafty forward has amassed an outstanding 166 points (71 g & 24 a) in two seasons.  On the other side of the ball the Lady Bengals will be led by 2009 SC Defensive Player of the Year Mindy Morneault (GK, Eagle Lake, ME).  The local product burst onto the UMFK women’s soccer scene in 2009 and made in instant impact in goal as she led the team to a pair of impressive wins over NCAA III schools Husson and Maine Maritime.  Morneault came up big in those two early wins and then was at her absolute best in the NAIA tournament game when she set a single game NAIA saves record with 23 vs. Azusa.
 
Sinclair and Morneault will have plenty of help as Coach Levesque has assembled an impressive roster.  Sophomore mid Theresa Biggs (Cape Town, South Africa) was second on the team in scoring in 2009 (14 g & 8 a) and is joined in the offensive third by SC first team mid Morgan Chasse (SO Veazie, ME), Donike Ferriera (Montego Bay, Jamaica) and Angela Norsworthy (Presque Isle, ME).  Chasse had 9goals and 6 assists as a freshman, Ferriera added 6 goals and 9 assists in just 9 games and Norsworthy (4g & 5a) was the go-to player on critical throws and set pieces in the offensive end.  Jamie Daigle and Jamie Nadeau, both from nearby Madawaska, Maine, return in great shape and bring solid experience to the table.  Daigle plays mostly as a defender while Nadeau is a skilled midfielder.  Also returning to mix after a season lost to injury in 2009 is senior Shanae Armstrong (Kingston, Jamaica).  Armstrong has appeared in 36 career games with 8 goals and seven assists.  Senior Amanda Tracy (Buxton, ME), who has also appeared in 36 career games, was a regular starter in 2009 on defense and has become a great outspoken leader on and off the field.
 
The Lady Bengals bring back the sophomore trio of Marie-Pier Daze (Ste. Sophie, Quebec), Marie-Michele Lachance (Ste Jerome, Quebec) and Andrea Baril (Boisbriand, Quebec) out of the Montreal, Canada area who had productive first years.  Daze had five goals and five assists while Lachance helped anchored the defense with Baril who was often called upon to mark the opponent’s top offensive threat.  Local standout Jamie Pelletier (Fort Kent, ME) will enter her sophomore season and brings great speed and skill to the midfield.  Also returning for her second year will be goal keeper Dorothy Pottle (Perry, ME) who appeared in seven games in 2009.  The Lady Bengals add seven new players in 2010.  Victoria Iredale (Montreal, Quebec) is a talented midfielder who should compete for minutes right away and Jenn Colpitts (Scarborough, ME) is a solid forward who will provide depth up front.  Also new to the mix are Shannon Martin (Def., Eagle Lake, ME), Rebecca Stokdijk (Def., Beaver Brook, Nova Scotia), Callie Rigsby (Mid., Temecula, Calif.), Olivia Schmiedlehner (Mid., Abbot, ME) and Liz Morneault, younger sister of Mindy, (Def., Eagle Lake, ME).
 
UMFK opens the season with a grueling thee matches in three days which will test the improved depth, talent and versatility.  Following the Friday 1pm season opener vs. STU UMFK will have a pair of matches vs. NCAA III Norwich University and Emmanuel College at the Husson Classic in Bangor, Maine Saturday and Sunday, September 4 & 5.  The Lady Bengals will then open Sunrise Conference play at home on September 11 vs. Vermont Tech.  The Lady Bengals entertain in-state and conference foe U-Maine Machias on September 18 as part of UMFK Homecoming Weekend.  On November 12 and 13 the top four Sunrise Conference teams will converge upon the Clifford Mitchell Sports Complex in Scarborough, Maine for the SC Final Four.
 
NAIA National Championship Opening Round Play is set for Saturday November 19 at the site of the high seeded institution and the NAIA National Championships will be held from November 29 – December 4 at The Jack Allen Complex in Decatur, Alabama. 
 
If you would like to view a complete schedule and for more news and notes on all UMFK teams, visit them on the web at http://athletics.umfk.maine.edu/ .  The UMFK women’s volleyball team will be previewed next as they prepare to open their 2010 season September 11 at UMPI.