October 1, 2004
The University of Maine at Fort Kent Bengal men's soccer team won the annual Potato Barrel Classic by defeating the University of Maine at Presque Isle 1-0 Wednesday, September 29, in Presque Isle.
Carlos Martinez (Columbia) scored the game winner on a beautiful assist from fellow freshmen Rob Rochester (Kittery, ME) as the Bengals won their fourth straight game in the series.
The game was scoreless at the half as both teams worked on ways to build scoring opportunities and played rather conservatively.
The Bengals (4-1-2) began to force the issue a bit early in the second half and scored five minutes in as Rochester danced by two UMPI defenders and found Martinez on the far post for the eventual game winner.
Bengal keeper Nick Thibodeau (seven saves on nine shots) preserved the shutout as he turned away a number of corners, and three or four other quality Owl chances.
The rivalry will come to Fort Kent on October 13 when the Bengals host the Owls.
The outcome for the Bengal women's soccer team was not as hoped a day earlier when the University of Maine at Presque Isle women defeated UMFK 4-0 in Presque Isle on Tuesday, September 28.
Following a well played first half for the Lady Bengals in which they created some quality scoring chances and trailed only 1-0, things seemed to fall apart for the visitors.
Playing in a consistent light rain and strong wind, UMFK lost focus in the second half as UMPI scored three unanswered goals. Lady Bengal keeper Kara Jackson (Anaheim, CA) was tested all day. She finished with 13 saves on 24 shots for 2-5 UMFK.
Junior Kristine Cyr (Madawaska, ME) and Freshmen Maria Williams (Bath, ME) helped to apply first half pressure on the Owl's defense which created some positive scoring chances.
However, those opportunities disappeared as the Lady Owls dominated play in the second half.
The teams will meet again in Fort Kent on October 21.