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CapU eyes third-straight conference crown

CapU eyes third-straight conference crown

CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director / Photo Paul Yates, Vancouver Sports Pictures

On the heels of their second-straight PACWEST Provincial championship and a bronze medal at CCAA Nationals, the Capilano Blues men’s soccer team is once again ready to defend their title.

CapU will open up their regular season on Sunday, September 10 at home against Lower Mainland rivals the Langara Falcons, with kick-off at 2:30pm. The season opener was originally scheduled for September 6 in Squamish against Quest, but the game was postponed due to poor air quality.

Head coach Paul Dailly returns for his fifteenth season at the helm of the Blues, fresh off of being named the 2016 CCAA Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. Dailly also took home PACWEST Coach of the Year honours for the sixth time and second year in a row. He brings in a mix of returners and newcomers who he hopes will deliver more hardware to Capilano.

Returning for his fifth and final season is last year’s Team MVP Nicolas Morello. The defender took his game to another level in the 2016 postseason, being named PACWEST Tournament MVP and a CCAA Championship All-Star – scoring three goals in four games at Nationals to help CapU to a bronze medal. For the third season in a row he’ll suit up next to his brother, Daniel, who also plays defense.

One of the top goal scorers in the country will also be back with the Blues in 2017. North Van native Keith Jackson will enter his fourth season at Capilano, coming off a year where he scored 18 goals in 18 games and was named both a CCAA All-Canadian and Academic All-Canadian. With 27 career goals in 43 games (including playoffs), Jackson now sits third all-time on the Capilano men’s soccer goal scoring leaderboard.

Joining Jackson up front on offence will be a new crop of forwards, who will look to replace a void left by Kristian Yli-Hietanen – the 2015 PACWEST Player of the Year who scored 21 goals in two seasons at Cap before joining the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in 2017. Adrian Sahagun is a young forward from Mexico who has a nose for the goal, leading the Vancouver Men’s Soccer League’s U21 Division in goals with 19 in 17 contests, and he’ll be joined by fellow rookies Kaveer Brar, Brian Cuba, Andreas Alves, and Nathan Graziano. Marco Favaro and Matt Fedak are two new midfielders who will also have an impact on both sides of the ball.

On defense, Stephane Obergfell comes back for his second season with the Blues, while Andres Romo returns after helping Capilano to PACWEST gold and CCAA silver in 2015. Cooper Courvoisier, Joel Prasad, and Luca Klotz will also join a defensive unit that allowed just six goals in 12 regular season games last year.

In net, Hudson Nelles, Jasluv Brar, and Kaylin Kaila will provide the last line of defense. Nelles had the lowest Goals Against Average in the PACWEST in 2016, and was named a conference All-Star; in 2015, he was Top Goalkeeper at the PACWEST Championships. For Brar, he allowed just one goal in three games during his 2016 rookie year.

After the September 10 contest, the Blues will be back for home games on the 16th and 17th against Douglas and Vancouver Island, respectively. The full schedule can be found here.

Blue Notes:

  • Capilano last won three-straight conference titles between 2006 and 2008; from 1988-1991 they won four straight.
  • With 15, the Blues have the most PACWEST/BCCAA/Totem titles in history.
  • Capilano men’s soccer has won six national championships – tied for the most of any CCAA school.