MSOC: 2018 Pacific Division preview

Victory Shumbusho and UBC enter 2018 looking to defend their CW title.
Victory Shumbusho and UBC enter 2018 looking to defend their CW title.

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EDMONTON – With the 2018 Canada West men's soccer season set to open this Friday, here's a team-by-team look at the conference's Pacific Division.

For a complete look at the Prairie Division, click here.

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All Pacific Division teams will webcast all home games this season, while select Prairie Division teams will also webcast every home game. New for 2018, you can also watch every game on demand, even from those schools who don't webcast live.

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2018 CW pre-season coaches poll rank: 1st

2017 CW regular season record: 10-4-1 / 1st in Pacific Division 

2017 CW post-season record: 3-0 / CW champions (4th at nationals)

Head coach: Mike Mosher (23rd season) / 174-50-52 (CW career regular season record) 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2017 / 18

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 2013 / 13 

2017 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 30 goals for, 3rd in CW
  • Defence: 11 goals against, 3rd in CW 

2017 CW regular season leaders:

  • Goals: 7 – Victory Shumbusho, Forward
  • Assists: 5 – Patrick Izett, Midfielder
  • Points: 8 – Patrick Izett, Midfielder
  • Wins: 9 – Chad Bush, Goalkeeper
  • Shutouts: 6 – Chad Bush, Goalkeeper

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Thomas Gardner / M / 1 / Calgary, AB / Whitecaps FC 2
  • Caleb Clarke / F / 1 / Richmond, BC / FC Amberg
  • Nick Fussell / M / 1 / Surrey, BC / Whitecaps FC U-19 Residency
  • Sean Einarsson / M / 4 / Surrey, BC / Surrey United

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Chad Bush / GK / Ottawa, ON / 3
  • Patrick Izett / MF / Delta, BC / 1

Key performer:

Victory Shumbusho

Forward

2nd-year

Chilliwack, BC

In his rookie season in 2017, Shumbusho led the Thunderbirds in goals with seven, which was second most in the Canada West. The standout attacking forward was named a second team All-Canadian as well as a member of the U SPORTS all-rookie team. He was also named a Canada West first team all-star.

 


2018 CW pre-season coaches poll rank: 10th

2017 CW regular season record: 5-6-4, 6th place Pacific Division

2017 CW post-season record: Missed playoffs  

Head coach: Dante Zanatta (8th season) / 19-24-12 (CW career regular season record) 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: none

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: none

2017 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 15 goals for, T-10th in CW
  • Defence: 9 goals against, T-1st in CW 

2017 CW regular season leaders:

  • Goals: 4 – Hamish Walde, Defender
  • Assists: 6 – Nikhil Reddy, Midfielder
  • Points: 7 – Nikhil Reddy, Midfielder
  • Wins: 5 – Mitch McCaw, Goalkeeper
  • Shutouts: 7 – Mitch McCaw, Goalkeeper

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Tali Romero / M / 1 / Vancouver, BC / Coquitlam Metro Ford
  • Matthew Brown / D / 1 / Surrey, BC / Surrey United
  • Tyler Dhillon / D / 1 / Surrey, BC / Surrey United
  • Jayden Jordan / F/ 1 / Richmond, BC / Fusion FC
  • Luke Warkentin / F / 3 / Surrey, BC / Surrey FC 

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Mitch McCaw / GK / Calgary, AB / 2
  • Cole Kingzett / F / Kelowna, BC / 4

Key performer:

Hamish Walde

Defender

4th-year

Salt Spring Island, BC

Walde will look to build upon his best season with the Heat as the defender led the way with four goals for the team. The centre back also helped the Heat produce the best defensive record in the conference last season and this year will be tasked with even more responsibilities defensively with the loss of all-star keeper Mitch McCaw.

 


2018 CW pre-season coaches poll rank: 11th

2017 CW regular season record: 4-9-3, 7th in Pacific Division

2017 CW post-season record: missed playoffs

Head coach: Tom Lowndes (4th season) / 17-19-8 (CW career regular season record) 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: none

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: none 

2017 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 17 goals for, T-8th in CW
  • Defence: 31 goals against, 10th in CW

2017 CW regular season leaders:

  • Goals: 4 – Brady Weir, Midfielder
  • Assists: 2 – Brady Weir, Gurmaan Jhaj & Jun Won Choi
  • Points: 6 – Brady Weir, Midfielder
  • Wins: 3 – David Hicks, Goalkeeper
  • Shutouts: 1 – Alex Skrzeta, Goalkeeper 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Rajan Bains / M/D / 1 / Surrey, BC / UBC
  • Sahil Dhindsa / M / 1 / Surrey, BC / Surrey United
  • Andrew Peat / F / 1 / Port Coquitlam, BC / Coquitlam Metro Ford
  • Sahib Sidhu / F / 1 / Surrey, BC / Surrey United
  • Trevor Zanatta / M / 1 / Coquitlam, BC / Coquitlam Metro Ford

Key performer:

Gurmaan Jhaj

Forward

4th-year

Aldergrove, BC

One of the most highly skilled players on the Cascades' roster the past couple seasons, Jhaj is making a position change, moving further upfield in order to take advantage of his attacking abilities. Formerly a standout holding midfielder, Jhaj will line up at forward where he'll partner with sophomore Parman Minhas to give UFV more offensive punch this year.

 


2018 CW pre-season coaches poll rank: 8th

2017 CW regular season record: 5-5-6, 4th in Pacific Division

2017 CW post-season record: 0-1 (lost in CW QF)

Head coach: Steve Simonson (4th season) / 10-25-9 (CW career regular season record) 

2017 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 17 goals for, T-9th in CW
  • Defence: 17 goals against, 5th in CW 

2017 CW regular season leaders:

  • Goals: 3 – Tofa Fakunle, Stu Rowlands, Cody Gysbers
  • Assists: 4 – Dan Goodey, Tofa Fakunle
  • Points: 7 – Tofa Fakunle, Midfielder
  • Wins: 5 – Ty Venhola, Goalkeeper
  • Shutouts: 7 – Ty Venhola, Goalkeeper

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Pierre Barrafranca / W / 3 / Larmor-Plage, France / Richland College
  • Anthony Preston / M / 1 / Prince George, BC / PGYSA U18
  • Michael Henman / S / 1 / Victoria, BC / Vancouver Island Wave

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Tofa Fakunle / M / Calgary, AB / 5
  • Brett Bobier / M / Prince George, BC / 5
  • Tyrone Venhola / GK / Abbotsford, BC / 5 

Key performer:

Francesco Bartolillo

Midfielder

5th-year

Calgary, AB

Heading into his fifth and final season with the Timberwolves, Bartolillo sits second in UNBC history in goals and points. A talented midfielder, the Calgary native is the epitome of a student-athlete, earning Academic All-Canadian status every year, and leading a number of fundraising efforts for sick children. Bartolillo will look to produce on the pitch, and lead the TWolves to a second consecutive playoff berth.

 


2018 CW pre-season coaches poll rank: 5th

2017 CW regular season record: 6-3-6, 3rd in Pacific Division

2017 CW post-season record: 2-1 (3rd in Canada West)  / 2-1 (3rd at USPORTS) 

Head coach: John Antulov (5th season) / 17-26-13 (CW regular season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: none

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: none

2017 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 27 goals for, 4th in CW
  • Defence: 21 goals against,  9th in CW 

2017 CW regular season leaders:

  • Goals: 7 – Mitch Popadynetz, Midfielder
  • Assists: 10 – Mitch Popadynetz, Midfielder
  • Points: 17 – Mitch Popadynetz, Midfielder
  • Wins: 3 – Lubomir Magdolen, Goalkeeper
  • Shutouts: 3 – Lubomir Magdolen, Goalkeeper 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Jackson Gardner / GK / 1 / Chilliwack, BC / Sardis Secondary
  • Stanley Obinna / W / 1 / Kristiansand, Norway / Grim Ungdomskole/Staffordshire County U-18
  • Kolton Storzuk / D / 1 / Kamloops, BC / Valleyview Secondary/Fraser Valley
  • Dylan Hooper / S/M / Winnipeg, MB / West Kildonan Collegiate/WSA Winnipeg (PDL)

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Ryan Glanville / M / Williams Lake BC / 3
  • Alan Connor / GK / Kamloops, BC / 5
  • Colton Walker / M / Sicamous, BC / 5

Key performer:

Mitch Popadynetz

Midfielder

5th-year

Nelson, BC

Popadynetz is coming off a banner year where he was named Canada West Outstanding Player, a CW First team all-star, while leading the conference in assists. He was also named a U SPORTS First Team All-Canadian and was an all-star at nationals. He had a solid summer in the PDL with the Victoria Highlanders. Popadynetz was named the Kamloops Sports Council University Athlete of the year for 2017.

 


2018 CW pre-season coaches poll rank: 3rd

2017 CW regular season record: 8-4-4, 2nd in Pacific Division

2017 CW post-season record: 2-1, 2nd

Head coach: Mike Shearon (3rd season) / 17-9-6 (CW career regular season record) 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2007 / 3

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: none

2017 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 31 goals for, 2nd in CW
  • Defence: 16 goals against, 4th in CW

2017 CW regular season leaders:

  • Goals: 6 – Leighton Johnson, Forward
  • Assists: 6 – Leighton Johnson, Forward
  • Points: 12 – Leighton Johnson, Forward
  • Wins: 8 – Sebastian Colyn, Goalkeeper
  • Shutouts: 5 – Sebastian Colyn, Goalkeeper

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Noah Kroeker / D / 1 / Calgary, AB / Foothills FC
  • Bryce Prochnau / D / 4 / Edmonton, AB / McEwan
  • Eric Aulja / M / 1 / Langley / Aldergrove, BC / Langley Fundamental 

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Elie Gindo / M / Langley, BC / 5
  • Sebastian Wingfield / M / Dupont, WA / 5 

Key performer:

Joel Waterman

Midfielder

5th-year

Aldergrove, BC

Joel Waterman enters his fifth and final season with the Spartans and the slick midfielder with an eye for goal is primed to lead TWU into the 2018 season with lofty expectations. Waterman missed the first half of last year with an injury, but was remarkable in his return, tallying six goals and adding five assists in just eight regular season games. He followed that up by putting up a goal and two assists in three playoffs games, leading TWU to a Canada West silver medal. Waterman will be a central figure for the Spartans this year, as the Langley, B.C. side aims to build upon back-to-back Canada West medal-winning campaigns.

 


2018 CW pre-season coaches poll rank: 9th

2017 CW regular season record: 6-8-1, 5th Pacific

2017 post-season record: missed playoffs

Head coach: Bruce Wilson (31st season) / 199-93-59  (CW career regular season record) 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2009 / 13

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 2011 / 5 

2017 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 19 goals for, 7th in CW
  • Defence: 33 goals against, 11th in CW 

2017 CW regular season leaders:

  • Goals: 4 – Isaac Koch, Midfielder
  • Assists: 4 – Michael Baart, Forwawrd
  • Points: 7 – Isaac Koch, Midfielder & Michael Baart Forward
  • Wins: 3 – Maxwell Branyik-Gil & Jasdeep Lally, Goalkeepers
  • Shutouts: 2 – Maxwell Brankyik-Gil, Goalkeeper

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Matteo Ventura / F / 1 / Victoria, BC / Reynolds Secondary
  • Rees Goertzen / F / 1 / Victoria, BC / Mount Douglas Secondary
  • Matt Hobson / M / 1 / Surrey, BC / Fleetwood Park Secondary
  • Niko Cristante / D / 4 / Powell River, BC / Vancouver Island University
  • Nick Park / M / 1 / Vancouver, BC / Kitsilano Secondary

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program): 

  • Tarnvir Bhandal / M / Victoria, BC / 4
  • Paulo Dait / M / Maple Ridge, BC / 5
  • Michael Baart / F / Victoria, BC / 4
  • Dorian Colopisis / D / Langley, BC / 2
  • Austin Schneebeli / M / Sicamous, BC / 4
  • Evan Stefanek / D / Qualicum Beach, BC / 3

Key performer:

Evan Libke

Defender

3rd-year

North Vancouver, BC

The Vikes men's soccer team will need to look beyond seniors for leadership after a big turnover from last year's team. Six-foot-five Evan Libke will be an important part of the 2018 lineup. The central defender from North Vancouver, B.C. will be critical for the Vikes both offensively and defensively.

Libke's ability to win the ball in the air has made him integral in the middle of the pitch, while being left footed also makes him an asset. As a third-year, Libke will suit up as a co-captain, alongside senior Mackenzie Rigg, and together the two will lead the team on and off the field.