The University of Maine-Farmington men’s soccer team (6-1-0) is off to its best start in a few years. After a 2-1 loss to Husson on Sept. 11, the Beavers have won five straight games and have allowed just seven goals.

Former Lisbon standout and current University of Maine at Farmington goalie Jonah Sautter is one of the leaders on the team this fall. Photo provided by UMF Athletics

“The biggest thing is the excitement level on the team,” said third-year head coach Blake Hart, a former Mt. Blue High School standout. “The guys are excited to be competing against other teams and not themselves.”

The Beavers have been anchored in goal by Lisbon graduate Jonah Sautter. Hart says Sautter has reached new heights this season.

“I don’t think I’ve seen him play better,” said Hart. “Two years ago, he wasn’t even a starter and now he’s one of our leaders.”

The Beavers are led offensively by Yusaf Mohammed, a former Lewiston standout, who has five goals. James Pelletier, a former Messalonskee standout, and Gracien Mukwa of Portland each have four.

“Our depth is a major key for us,” added Hart. “The commitment we have to match with our balanced attack is a good recipe for success.”

HUSSON FRESHMAN Kailey Hackett’s heroics earned her the New England Collegiate Conference Field Hockey Rookie of the Week honor.

Hackett, who graduated from Dirigo High School earlier this year, scored in overtime to give the Eagles a 3-2 win over New England College last week. The goal is the first of Hackett’s college career.

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