Brent Mutis, CapU Sport Information & Compliance Officer
While the response to COVID-19 greatly impacted college sports everywhere, it had no impact on the 2019 PACWEST soccer season.
The CapU Blues started the campaign with points in five of their first six games, including three wins, but overall were not able to achieve the same level of success as they did in 2018, when they won a provincial title made an appearance at the CCAA national championships.
Carrying a 3-1-2 record into the second half of the season, goals proved harder to come by down the stretch as the Blues won just one of their final six games heading into the postseason. A training session injury to Jeremy Monn-Djasngar was partly to blame for the Blue offensive issues in the second half as the 2018 PACWEST tournament all-star's absence in the final four regular-season games allowed the opposition to key on Sahagun even more.
Finishing up with a 4-4-4 mark, the Blues were the No. 3 seed at the three-team PACWEST tournament and faced the Douglas College Royals in the semifinal with No. 1-seed Vancouver Island University waiting in the gold-medal game.
Douglas, who were undefeated in five games to finish the regular season, continued the momentum in the playoffs and defeated CapU 2-0 on a pair of first-half tallies. The Royals went on to defeat VIU for gold and claim the 2019 PACWEST title.
After the season, head coach Alex Elliott elected to move on to pursue personal business interests. The Blues announced in January the hiring of Adam Day as the team's new head coach and he is currently in the process of assembling the club for the 2020 season.
Under normal circumstances, the Blues would begin training as a team in August and the season would start in early September but with the fluid situation the world is currently in, Blues Athletics will be following men's soccer and all teams through the offseason so check our social media channels for news.
Sahagun was also named a CCAA All-Canadian
Luca Locascio concluded his college soccer career with an outstanding season that including four goals, tying him for the most among PACWEST defenders.
Andrew Shoring wrapped up his Blues career making eight starts on the season.
We congratulate both Luca and Andrew for their contributions to Blues men's soccer and the Athletic Department and wish them well in their studies and athletic pursuits.
"I think the expectation is to win every single game but with that, we've got to find progress within it as we approach playoffs. It's a tight league, everything's within a couple points right now."
– Blues coach Alex Elliott after an Oct. 5 setback at home to Douglas College
"I feel part of the Blues family for life. The PACWEST and the CCAA have given me a platform to move on to a few new exciting roles in the soccer community and I hope they will continue to do the same for other young coaches."
– Elliott after announcing his decision to move on to pursue other interests
"I am excited to work with the players and bring some of my experiences and ideas to hopefully help them become better student-athletes and maximize their own potential."
– new Blues head coach Adam Day upon his hiring at CapU