Owls fall twice in tourney

17 years ago

The University of Maine at Presque Isle men’s soccer team dropped a pair of games over the weekend, losing to UM-Fort Kent Friday, 3-0, and coming up on the short end of a 2-0 decision to Thomas College Saturday. Both games were part of the UMFK Kickoff Tournament held at Fort Kent.     The Owls played strong defensively against a very strong Bengal team in the opener of the tourney. UMPI limited UMFK’s chances in the first half and the game was scoreless at intermission.
The Bengals finally broke the ice 17 minutes into the second half as Dwayne Smith broke away for an unassisted tally. Teammate Andre Anderson then scored twice over the ensuing six minutes to put the game away.
Scott Clenchy played well in goal for UMPI, recording six saves on nine shots. UMFK goalkeeper Derick Plourde earned the win by turning away all three shots he faced.
On Saturday, UMPI came out slow after the hard-fought match the previous afternoon. The Thomas Terriers got on the scoreboard quickly, scoring 12 minutes into the game as Tim Costa received a direct kick from Robin Rojek and headed the ball past Clenchy for the goal.
UMPI did come out strong in the second half, creating numerous scoring opportunities, but was unable to find the net. Both teams created nine shots, with Clenchy saving seven and Thomas’s Russell Beckwith stopping all nine attempts.
The Owls will host their annual Kickoff Tournament this weekend. Nova Scotia Agricultural College will be Saturday’s opponent, with game time at 2 p.m. UMPI will then take on Maine Maritime Academy Sunday at 3 p.m.
UMFK will take on MMA on Saturday at noon and will play NSAC Sunday at 1 p.m. in the tourney’s other contests.