Jackson and Morello named All-Canadians

Keith Jackson (left) and Nicolas Morello (right) on September 10, 2017 against Langara. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures
Keith Jackson (left) and Nicolas Morello (right) on September 10, 2017 against Langara. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures

At the CCAA Men’s Soccer Awards Banquet on Tuesday night in Nanaimo, BC, a pair of Capilano University Blues student-athletes were named CCAA All-Canadians – an honour given to the top two players in each conference.

For the second-straight season, Keith Jackson was recognized on the national stage. A fourth-year forward from North Vancouver, Jackson led the league in scoring with 11 goals in 11 games – four more than the next-highest total – and recorded three game-winning goals. A Communications student at CapU, he was also named PACWEST Player of the Year and a PACWEST All-Star, and was the conference’s nominee for CCAA Player of the Year.

The award comes on the heels of a 2016 campaign where Jackson was named a CCAA All-Canadian, CCAA Academic All-Canadian, CCAA National Scholar, and PACWEST All-Star. Through four seasons at Capilano, he is now in second place on the school’s all-time scoring list with 38 goals in 54 career games.

Fifth-year Nicolas Morello earned All-Canadian honours for the first time after establishing himself as one of the most versatile players in the league. Primarily a right back, the North Vancouver native displayed the ability to both shut down the opposition’s top forwards with his strength and use his speed to jump into the offence and develop an attack. His seven goals were tied for second-most in the PACWEST, and he also set up several other goals with his precision passing and long throw-ins into the box.

A Business student, Morello was named Top Defender at the 2017 PACWEST Championships after he helped the Blues to a bronze medal. He scored five goals over two games, including four in the bronze medal game – setting a single-game tournament record.

Capilano head coach Paul Dailly was also recognized at the Awards Banquet as the PACWEST nominee for CCAA Coach of the Year. Dailly was named the PACWEST Coach of the Year in 2017 for the seventh time in his career, and had won CCAA Coach of the Year twice before in 2007 and 2016.