VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – The University of Maine Fort Kent women’s soccer team made it five straight at the 2017 USCAA National Championships on Monday afternoon. Maine Fort Kent entered the championship round at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex as the Pool A winner, having won against previously undefeated NHTI and UC Clermont. After a semi-final win over Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, where the Bengals controlled midfield play, they faced a new challenge in the young and quick Florida National University Conquistadors.
The backline of Florida National University focused much of their attention on former USCAA Player of the Year Sherifatu Sumaila. Sumaila was able to get off six shots, two on goal, in the game. However, she was not as dominant as in last year’s championship.
After a back and forth contest where the Bengals still controlled much of the play, Fort Kent relied on an unexpected star. With only four minutes left in the contest and the score deadlocked at 0-0, Freshman forward Tolu Oyeniyi put the ball in the back of the net. The play started as Sumaila started on the right flank, cut in to the left and played a through ball to Oyeniyi twelve yards out, who slid the ball past the keeper after one touch. Florida National had one opportunity inside of the 89th minute to tie the game but a shot after cross by Isabela Martins went one foot wide of the goal.
Florida National University keeper Savannah Laster made three outstanding saves in the game, but it wasn’t enough to stop Oyeniyi on the shot from inside the box. Offensively, the Conquistadors had ten shots, three of which were on goal. Other than Sumaila and Oyeniyi, All-Tournament selection Catherine Bruno was the only other Bengal with a shot on goal in the game. University of Maine Fort Kent will look to return to Virginia Beach next year, seeking their sixth straight title.
USCAA All-Tournament Team
Sr. Forward ACPHS Katie Benson
Sr. Forward SUNY ESF Shannon Gordonier
So. Forward Cleary University Harley Gorzelski
So. Goalkeeper ACPHS Sally Slowinski
Jr. Defender SUNY ESF Sarah Wohlfart
Sr. Forward UMFK Sherifatu Sumaila
Fr. Goalkeeper Florida National Savanah Lasters
Sr. Midfielder UMFK Catherine Bruno
Sr. Forward Florida National D’Yolanda Pineda
Fr. Forward Florida National Jurema Borini
Sr. Midfielder UMFK Gabbi-Ricardi Shortt
Tournament MVP | Fr. Forward UMFK Tolu Oyeniyi