Print Edition: August 21, 2012
Men’s varsity soccer had a tough last season, with the score repeatedly not going in their favour. They finished as Victoria Keg Classic champions and are starting the new season with more depth and belief. Catch their games at Exhibition field in Chilliwack; their first home game is at 7:15 p.m. on September 14. We caught up with head coach Alan Errington and asked him about the upcoming season.
How has your training been going over the summer? Any special stories to relate?
It’s been going very well, we are just starting preseason. They are training almost every day and they’re getting fitter and responding very well.
Can you tell us about your training regimen?
We are doing a lot of work with shadow play—giving them an idea of what’s expected of them and actually instructing them on what’s expected of them in each position.
Have you made any new acquisitions over the summer? How will they effect the composition of your team?
A lot of good new players are coming out of Abbotsford and Coquitlam. It’s a tough league and we know that and there’s a lot of potential with this squad and we’re on the right track.
What are your expectations for this season?
There is a new format for this season. There are 11 teams instead of eight and they’re split into the west and prairies. With this new format, three teams from each division make the playoffs and there is more opportunity for us. So obviously, our expectations are to make the playoffs.
You won the Keg Classic against the NCIS champions and that was after a disappointing season, any comments?
Everyone was expecting a UVIC versus UBC Final, but we caused an upset. It was a tough first game against UVIC, the NCIS champions, and [a] well deserved second win against our arch rivals Trinity Western. They came away with more belief in themselves and more depth.