GPRC Wolves Men's Soccer 2013-14
Soccer Wolves keep touch on turf
By Logan Clow, Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune
Sunday, March 9, 2014 4:24:24 MDT PM
GPRC Wolves wing Tyler Noppibul makes a pass during a training session at the County of Grande Prairie Sportsplex on Wednesday February 26. Both the men’s and women’s teams have been training since January in advance of the 2014 season. Logan Clow/Daily Herald-Tribune
Soccer never stops for the GPRC Wolves men’s and women’s soccer teams.
The squads concluded their season in October but since early January, they have held winter training sessions to stay in shape for the college soccer season in August.
“It’s (winter training) something we just started this year, it’s a new facet of the GPRC soccer program. We wanted to do a continuation of our soccer program into the second semester and it seems like the best thing we could come up with,” said Chris Spaidal, coach for both teams.
“They look pretty sharp for the most part. It definitely was a sluggish start at the beginning January, but they’re definitely starting to gain their speed and their momentum back up again,” he said. “I think they’re buying into it quite a bit because it gives them a little bit more structure and keeps them more focused on tasks and reminds them that they are student athletes.”
He says sessions are similar to a regular practice day and at the conclusion of practice, they play an inter-squad game to try and stay in game shape.
Spaidal notes that certain plays and systems have been mimicked and replicated for the small practice space.
Four local girls - Kennedy Hall (Grande Prairie Composite High School, attacking midfielder), Mirelle Martens (St. Joe’s, midfield/right back), Jessica Winterford (St. Joe’s, midfield) and Taylor Watson (St. Joe’s, left back) – have committed to the GPRC Wolves women’s team for the 2014-2015 season and have been involved in the winter training.
“We found this year with our rookies, that no matter how many times you tell them, it’s a different level and you need to get ahead of the game as much as we could,” said Spaidal, noting they’ll be steps ahead of other league rookies because of the early training.
“All four look to have an immediate impact on the program, they’re all of quality backgrounds. I would be surprised if all four didn’t start in some sort of capacity at some time next year, even on day one. I think all of them would have been good enough to start this past season.”
Spaidal says Hall is one of the most technically-gifted rookies with a large offensive upside and is a fierce competitor.
On the men’s side, he says the squad has been a pleasant surprise.
Spaidal has recruited Sean Douglas (St. Joe’s, striker), David Rojas (attacking midfielder), Nathan Barendregt, (GP Comp, fullback/wing) and Manix Tshimanga (St. Joe’s, fullback), who have also been practicing with the Wolves.
“The incoming crop for the men is better than I thought it was going to be. They’re going to be very competitive next year right from day one,” noted Spaidal.
He says Douglas is the most skilled of the men’s recruits.
“He’s (Douglas) definitely an valued addition and he’s an uncanny ability to find space and get quality on the ball to put goals in for us. Goal scoring has been a little bit of a lack for us in the past couple years and we look to have Sean come in and remedy that,” noted Spaidal.
Local high school football fans will be familiar with Tshimanga, who was instrumental in helping lead the St. Joe’s Celtics to the 2013-2014 Mighty Peace Football League’s championship, the Peace Bowl.
“I thought there would be an awful steep learning curve for him to play soccer at this level, but he’s already shown, based on his athletic abilities and his ability to adapt to situations in the game, that he’s going to come in and really make an impact,” added Spaidal.
He says recruiting for both squads is far from over and is currently looking at several out-of-town players that he hopes to recruit within the next month.
However, he expects that the next stage in recruitment will be tough because of the MacEwan Griffins moving to CIS for the upcoming season in basketball, volleyball, soccer and cross-country. Spaidal expects the Griffins will intensify their recruitment and try and deepen their talent pool.
Both GPRC Wolves teams will train separately at the County Sportsplex until April.
GPRC Men’s Soccer Land Quality Local Recruits
The GPRC Men’s Soccer Program is pleased to announce the commitment of Sean Douglas, David Rojas, Nathan Barendregt, and Manix Tshimanga for the Fall 2014 season.
Sean Douglas, striker- “Sean is a tremendously technically gifted player who we have watched develop over the past few years. His ability on the ball has improved steadily and will be a great asset to him for sure. We’re pleased with Sean’s maturity within the game already at this point and look for him to continue to improve as he prepares to make solid contributions at the college level”.
David Rojas, attacking midfielder- “David was supposed to be a part of our program previously but had complications with his program so it never quite materialized for him to compete. His biggest strength is definitely his ability on the ball as his touch is definitely top class. We look forward to having David come in and get to show what quality he has in actual matches as reward to all the hard work and dedicated training he has put forth”.
Nathan Barendregt, fullback/wing- “Nathan has only been in GP for a couple short years but has shown a tremendous passion towards the sport that is second to none. His desire to improve has been most evident since his time here and has really helped him thus far in our winter training set up. We are very pleased with Nate’s improvement to date and look forward for it to continue as he becomes a valuable asset to our squad”.
Manix Tshimanga, fullback- “Manix has been the surprise addition thus far to our group. His athleticism is off the charts and has been a major reason he has been able to step in and compete right away. His experience through St Joe’s football and coach Trevor Prichard have definitely served him well with regards to his overall development as an athlete. We see him being a solid contributor already and look for him to only improve through continued training and game experience”.
*descriptions and quotes are provided by GPRC Women’s Soccer Head Coach Chris Spaidal.
Soccer never stops for Spaidal
Athletic Players of the Week
|Team: Men's Soccer
||Team: Men's Soccer
|Program: Combined Bachelor of Physical Education and Bachelor of Education
||Program: Open Studies
|High School: Jasper Place High School
||High School: Jasper Place High School
|Home Town: Edmonton, AB
||Home Town: Edmonton, AB
2nd year Midfielder Ezra has really increased his level of play from his rookie season, understanding the values and requirements necessary to be a consistent contributor to the Men’s Soccer program. A player who’s on field work ethic is relentless, Ezra can always be counted on to put forth an honest effort when it comes to the needs of the team. The Wolves are very pleased with the state Ezra has arrived in this season and look for him to only improve with the squad.
2nd year Center back Robert has emerged as 1 of the key components to this year’s Wolves Men’s Soccer team. Very gifted on the ball for his position, Robert offers tremendous offense going forward to the rest of the team from the back. A dedicated teammate, Robert has spent this past offseason working tirelessly in his native Germany to arrive for this ACAC season in prime physical condition. He looks to continue to be a leader as the Wolves Men continue to pursue a 2nd consecutive birth at the elusive ACAC Conference Championships.
For more information on Wolves Mens' Soccer contact:
Chris Spaidal, Head Coach
Grande Prairie Regional College