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MEN AND LADY BENGALS READY FOR REGIONAL SOCCER ACTION

November 2, 2006

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One week after capturing soccer titles in the Sunrise Conference, the men and lady Bengals of the University of Maine at Fort Kent will be in action over the next week playing for NAIA Region IX championship honors and a chance to advance to the NAIA nationals.

The UMFK women currently are undefeated at 17-0 and have received a bye to the semi-final round of the Region IX playoffs. They are seeded third in the region, and will play Tiffin (Ohio) University this Friday, November 3, in Houghton, New York at 2 p.m. The finals will be played on Saturday.

Should the Lady Bengals win the regional tournament, they then would travel to the NAIA National Tournament to be played in Olathe, Kansas.

The men are waiting for preliminary playoff games to be played in the American Mideast Conference (AMC) Region IX this week. Once those have been decided, the Bengals will learn who they play in the semi-final round.

The Bengals finished the year at 13-2 and earned enough points to avoid the quarterfinal round of the tournament which will be played on Tuesday, November 7. The Bengal men will go directly to the semi-finals, which will be played at the higher-seed AMC winner.

Should the Bengal men win the Region IX tournament, they would go to the national tournament held in Daytona Beach, Florida. The match-ups will be released on Monday, November 6.

The UMFK men's and women's soccer teams won the Sunrise Conference Championships last weekend in the tournament held at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vermont. Both teams also claimed NAIA Region X championships and trips to the NAIA Region IX playoffs.

The Lady Bengals won their first-ever conference championship with a 5-2 semi-final win over Vermont Technical College and a 4-0 shut-out of the University of Maine at Machias (UMM).

The Bengal men beat Paul Smith's College in the semi-finals and followed that up with a 6-1 win over UMM in the championship game.