Another highly anticipated season of ACAC soccer will commence at Pomeroy Field on the 7th of September against Kings University. The Wolves tied both games with the same opponents last season.
The Wolves are expected to improve in their standings from last season in the conference. It will be a difficult year with many of the players from last season moving on. Coach Morgan has recruited local lads Leo Rojas, Jared Winnicky-Hussey and Kevin Morgan along with three new faces from the West Coast in the form of right back Noah Mohninger, winger Jacob Jahns and dual sport athlete Tucker McCleod. Jared Perry and Aiden Proctor have arrived from Edmonton while Kash Morrison has rejoined the squad.
Veterans Scott Fraser, Seb Lobe and Brandon Harvey will play an important role helping the new recruits settle in during what should be an interesting campaign.
Coach Morgan hopes the squad can fulfil their potential and reach provincials. “Last season the Wolves did not obtain the results we had hoped despite some fine performances. If we can turn the ties into wins and the narrow losses into ties I have no doubt we can reach provincials.”
With only 4 returnees it will be difficult to repeat the success that the Wolves women had the past two seasons reaching Nationals twice and winning a Provincial title win last year.
It is practically a new team says Coach Morgan but I am excited to see what the new recruits bring to the program. “We cannot look back on past glories, we have to look at the present and the future and keep working hard for success.”
The lady wolves have recruited heavily in the off-season. Local graduates aiming to make their mark are Mariah Kyllo and Bailey Richarde. Tea Brown and Kaitlin Buziak arrive from Fort St John; Sydney Embleton and Kate Allison from Vernon; Sydney Kelly arrives from Vanderhoof, and Danja Fredrickson comes from Vancouver. Calandra Bychyk hails from Edmonton while Jayden Demchuk has travelled from Whitehorse in the Yukon.
Returnees Sam Wiancko, Michelle Brodeur, Madi Gillespie and Alex Verhun will play an important role in leading the new squad through the campaign.
“It is always difficult adding so many recruits and I only hope we can gel quickly, fulfil our potential and bring more success to the program. In our pre-season games in Red Deer the girls showed that we can compete at this level. The games also showed if we are not on our game the 90 minutes can be difficult. I just hope the girls fulfil their potential and grow as both students and athletes,” says Coach Morgan.