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Five Blues named all-stars; Jackson top player

Five Blues named all-stars; Jackson top player

CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director

Five Capilano University Blues were named PACWEST Conference All Stars on Wednesday afternoon, including fifth-year forward Keith Jackson who was named Player of the Year for the second season in a row. 

In his fifth and final season with the Blues, Jackson led the conference in scoring for the third-straight season, netting 13 goals in 12 games – three more than the second place total. His season included two game-winning goals and three multi-goal games, one of which was a four-goal effort against Douglas College on September 23. In his 60 career regular season games, the North Vancouver native scored 44 goals, the second-most in PACWEST men’s soccer history. 

“Keith is extremely consistent, doing what he does year after year,” said Blue head coach Alex Elliott to the PACWEST. “It does not surprise me that he is second all-time on the PACWEST goal scoring chart. His direct approach and speed of play makes a frightening match up for many defenders.”

This marks the third season in a row that Jackson has earned all star honours. He becomes the 13th conference Player of the Year in Capilano men’s soccer history, and the first ever to win back-to-back awards. 

Also earning all-star honours for the third time is goalkeeper Hudson Nelles. The fifth-year from West Vancouver played every minute in goal to backstop a Blues defence that allowed just 14 goals in 12 games — by far the fewest in the league. The only goalie named an all-star this season, Nelles led the PACWEST in most goalie categories, including goals against average (1.17), shutouts (6), and save percentage (0.774). He finishes his five seasons at CapU with 18 shutouts and a 0.80 goals against average in regular season play. 

In his second season at Capilano, Adrian Sahagun developed into one of the top forwards in the league and earned his first all star honour. He scored a hat trick in the opening game of the season — winning PACWEST Athlete of the Week in Week 1 — and ended up with eight goals in 11 games, good for fourth in the conference. The Campeche, Mexico native was a dynamic player on the wing, also recording several assists with his creative playmaking. 

On the back end, Andres Romo was the anchor of a shut-down defensive unit that allowed the fewest goals in the conference. The third-year from North Vancouver was a calm leader for the Blues, and his height, speed, and strength, posed difficulties for opposing attackers. This was his first all-star nod, which helps cement his status as one of the league’s premier defenders. 

Rounding out the CapU all-stars is second-year midfielder Patrick Izett. A transfer from the University of British Columbia, Izett controlled the centre of the pitch and had a major impact on both sides of the ball. Thanks to one of the most powerful strikes in the league, he finished fifth in league scoring with six goals in 11 games — four of which came during Week 6 of play when he won PACWEST Athlete of the Week.

Capilano finished the regular season in first place with an 8-2-2 record, which gave them a bye to the finals of the PACWEST Championships. The spot in the finals also clinches a berth at CCAA Nationals, since the top two teams from the PACWEST have berths. The final goes at 2:30pm on Saturday, October 27 at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West; CapU will play the winner of Friday’s semifinal between Douglas and Langara.