MSOC: 2018 Prairie Division preview

Ajeej Sarkaria helped guide the Bears to a first-place finish last season in the Prairie Division.
Ajeej Sarkaria helped guide the Bears to a first-place finish last season in the Prairie Division.

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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 Prairie Division.

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

You can watch extensive CW MSOC action all season long by tuning into Canada West TV – the official streaming home of Canada West.

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.

To purchase your 2018 Canada West TV pass, click here. Early bird pricing is in effect until Friday, Aug. 24.


2018 CW pre-season coaches poll rank: 2nd

2017 CW regular season record: 9-1-4, 1st in Prairie Division

2017 CW post-season record: 1-2 (4th in CW)

Head coach: Len Vickery (34th season) / 226-83-78 (CW career regular season record) 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2016/11

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 2016/5 

2017 CW regular season ranks: 

  • Offence: 36 goals for, 1st in CW
  • Defence: 9 goals against, T-1st in CW

2017 CW regular season leaders:

  • Goals: 8 – Ajeej Sarkaria, Forward
  • Assists: 9 – Ajeej Sarkaria, Forward
  • Points: 17 – Ajeej Sarkaria, Forward
  • Wins: 8 – Connor James, Goalkeeper
  • Shutouts: 7 – Connor James, Goalkeeper 

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

  • Marcus Ference/ D / 1 / Surrey, BC / Coastal FC (BCSPL)
  • Morgan Graham / M / 1 / Edmonton, AB / San Diego State (NCAA)
  • Rilind Idrizi / F / 1 / Edmonton, AB / Green & Gold Academy
  • Chris Ezouza / GK / 1 / Edmonton, AB / FC Edmonton Academy
  • Petrus du Toit / GK / 1 / Coquitlam, BC / Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club

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

  • Sebastian Crema / F / North Vancouver, BC / 4
  • Ajay Khabra / M / Edmonton, AB / 5
  • Tolu Esan / F / Calgary, AB / 5
  • Cam Sjerve / D / Edmonton, AB / 3

Key performer:

Ajeej Sarkaria

Forward

3rd-year

Edmonton, AB

As it has for the last two seasons, the Golden Bears offence will once again funnel through all-star striker Ajeej Sarkaria. In two seasons with the Bears, Sarkaria has recorded 42 points in 28 conference games, leading Canada West with 17 points last year. His point total is already the third highest in program history, and just two behind Marcus Johnston for the Bears record. If the Bears are to win their second conference title in three seasons, they will need Sarkaria to remain at an MVP level this season.

 


2018 CW pre-season coaches poll rank: 4th

2017 CW regular season record:  7-7-1, 3rd in Prairie Division

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

Head coach:  Brendan O'Connell (4th season) / 24-13-6 (CW career regular season record) 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 1980 / 1

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: none

2017 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 25 goals for, 5th in CW
  • Defence: 20 goals against, 8th in CW

2017 CW regular season leaders:

  • Goals: 8 – Bori Falaye, Midfielder
  • Assists: 4 – Jared Fillo, Midfielder; Dominik Zuczek, Forward
  • Points: 10 – Bori Falaye, Midfielder
  • Wins: 4 – Jake Ruschkowski, Goalkeeper
  • Shutouts: 4 – Jake Ruschkowski, Goalkeeper

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

  • Derek Brust / F/ 1 / Calgary, AB / Calgary Northside
  • Decklin Mahmi / F/ 1 / Edmonton, AB / FC Edmonton Academy 

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

  • Bori Falaye / M / Calgary, AB / 2
  • Jorge Leon Gomez / M / Calgary, Alta. / 5

Key performer:

Cristiano De Carvalho

Midfielder

4th-year

Calgary, AB 

With only four players beyond their third year of eligibility, the Dinos will rely heavily on their veteran players as a youth movement takes hold of the Calgary roster. Head coach Brendan O'Connell hopes team captain Cristiano De Carvalho can build off a solid 2017 campaign and lead a Dinos team that wants to play a high tempo offensive game. The Calgary born midfielder scored a goal along with two assists last season.

 


2018 CW pre-season coaches poll rank: 12th

2017 CW regular season record:  2-10-2, 6th in Prairie Division

2017 CW post-season record: missed playoffs

Head coach: Randy Bardock (27th season) / 51-216-50 (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, T-10th in CW
  • Defence: 36 goals against, 12th in CW 

2017 CW regular season leaders:

  • Goals: 4 – Dominique Point du Jour, Midfielder
  • Assists: 5 – Dominique Point du Jour, Midfielder
  • Points: 9 – Dominique Point du Jour, Midfielder
  • Wins: 2 – Nolan French, Goalkeeper
  • Shutouts: 1 – Nolan French, Goalkeeper

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

  • Alasdair Coyle/ M / 1 / Vancouver, BC / Mountain FC / BC Provincial

Key performer:

Sean Gaiesky

Midfielder

5th-year

Prince George, BC

Heading into his final season as a Pronghorn, captain Sean Gaiesky will be tasked with leading a relatively young Pronghorn side, which is searching to return to the post-season after taking a step back a season ago. 

Gaiesky will need to help solidify the midfield on both sides of the ball, but especially on the defensive side if the Pronghorns are to make a return to the Canada West playoff picture. 

 


2018 CW pre-season coaches poll rank: 13th

2017 CW regular season record:  2-10-2, 5th in Prairie Division

2017 CW post-season record: missed playoffs

Head coach:  Adam Loga (3rd season) / 4-21-5 (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: 12 goals for, 13th
  • Defence: 38 goals against, 13th 

2017 CW regular season leaders:

  • Goals: 4Lahai Mansaray, Forward
  • Assists: 4 – Lahai Mansaray, Forward
  • Points: 8 – Lahai Mansaray, Forward
  • Wins: 2 – Dory Elliott, Goalkeeper
  • Shutouts: 1 – Dory Elliott, Goalkeeper

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

  • Tyrell Leslie / F / 1 / Edmonton, AB / FC Edmonton Academy
  • Everett Orgnero / F / 1 / Calgary, AB / Pacific Soccer Institute
  • Stefan Gajic / M-F / 1 / Edmonton, AB / FC Edmonton Academy
  • Malcolm Stafford / M / 1 / Chilliwack, BC / Fraser Valley Soccer Club
  • Zachary Rochat / D / 2 / St. Albert, AB / University of Texas Tyler
  • Nicholas Amico / D / 1 / Sherwood Park, AB / FC Edmonton Academy
  • Enzo Squicciarini-Moneny / D / 1 / Edmonton, AB / FC Edmonton Academy
  • Marcus Simmons / F / 1 / Edmonton, AB / FC Edmonton Academy 

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

  • Lahai Mansaray / F / Edmonton, AB / 3
  • Bennett Foster / D / Edmonton, AB / 3
  • Samuel Foster / D / Edmonton, AB / 2
  • Sean Douglas / D / Grande Prairie, AB / 1

Key performer:

Tyrell Leslie 

Forward

1st-year

Edmonton, AB

Embarking on his first season in Canada West, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound power forward will bring a physical presence up front that the Griffins have lacked in recent years. His leadership and strong character will also go a long way on and off the field in helping a young team in its quest to earn the first Canada West playoff berth in program history.

 


2018 CW pre-season coaches poll rank: 7th

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

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

Head coach:  Ryan Gyaki (4th season) / 19-11-12 (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: 18 goals against, 6th in CW

2017 CW regular season leaders: 

  • Goals: 3 - Justin Anderson-Louch, Midfielder / Orest Ndabaneze, Forward
  • Assists: 2 - Kylan Johnson, Forward
  • Points: 4 - Justin Anderson-Louch, Midfielder / Orest Ndabaneze, Forward
  • Wins: 4 - Kyran Valley, Goalkeeper
  • Shutouts: 3 - Kyran Valley, Goalkeeper

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

  • Moe El gandour / F / 1st / Calgary, AB / Southwest United
  • David Schaefer / M / 1st / Berlin, Germany / BFC Dynamo Berlin
  • Tysen Chatani / M / 1st / Calgary, AB / Foothills
  • Mateo Ossa / M / 2nd / Calgary, AB / St. FX 

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

  • Jeff Blake / Midfield / Calgary, AB / 5
  • Ryan Clancy / Forward / Calgary, AB / 5

Key performer:

Justin Anderson-Louch

Midfielder

4th-year

Calgary, AB

Justin Anderson-Louch is a proven leader on and off the field and returns for this fourth season as co-captain of the team. His maturity, experience and work ethic will be key factors in his success as he returns as the Cougars' top goal scorer from last year.

 


2018 CW pre-season coaches poll rank: 6th

2017 CW regular season record: 7-5-2, 2nd in Prairie Division

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

Head coach: Bryce Chapman (15th season) / 74-83-35 (CW career regular season record) 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2014 / 1

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 2013 / 6 

2017 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 22 goals for, 6th in CW
  • Defence: 19 goals against, 7th in CW 

2017 CW regular season leaders:

  • Goals: 4 – Marcello Gonzales, Midfielder; Kwame Opoku, Midfielder; Tyler Redl, Forward
  • Assists: 4 – Gabriel Buatois, Midfielder
  • Points: 6 – Gabriel Buatois, Midfielder; Kwame Opoku, Midfielder
  • Wins: 6 – Patrick Pranger, Goalkeeper
  • Shutouts: 5 – Patrick Pranger, Goalkeeper

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

  • Nikolas Baikas / F / 1 / Saskatoon, SK / Aden Bowman Collegiate
  • Dorian Zambuchini / M / 1 / Moose Jaw, SK / Whitecaps Academy

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

  • Patrick Pranger / GK / St. Anna am Aigen, Austria / 1

Key performer:

Jacob Powell

Defender

4th-Year

Vancouver, BC

Playing and starting in all 14 matches for the Huskies in the 2017 season, team captain Jacob Powell was ever-present at the centre back position and provided a steadying presence for what was a young squad. Now as a fourth-year, the product of Coquitlam, B.C. has twice been honoured at the Canada West level, being named a second team all-star in 2016-17 and a first team all-star last season.

Powell will be the foundation for a Huskie team that returns nearly every key piece from one season ago and are in search of their sixth trip to the playoffs in seven years.