VANCOUVER – The last time the UBC men’s soccer team set foot on the field for Canada West action, it won the 20e title of the conference. Almost two years later, the goal of the preseason favorites remains the same: win a fourth consecutive Canada West banner and try to win another national championship.
This quest officially begins Friday night in Kamloops as the T-Birds visit the Thompson Rivers WolfPack for the first half of a weekend doubles program.
“I think everyone’s ready to go, it’s been a while, it’s going to be fun for everyone to get back on the pitch,” said the UBC head coach. Mike mosher who enters his 26e season running the program. “The goals are the same. The first step is to try to win the division and the second step is to try to win the conference and the third step is to go to the national championships and try to win there. With fewer games, I think it puts a little more emphasis on each league game, it gives you fewer games to miss and so it’s important to get off to a good start. ”
This departure for the consensus conference favorites according to the preseason coaches poll, comes up against a quality opponent in the WolfPack who himself has big ambitions for the season, placing fifth in the program of the Canada West.
“For them it’s a lot the same faces from two years ago, like us, but a good team,” Mosher said. “Very good foreign players in the squad. He’s a tough opponent and it’s a tough first weekend for us, without a doubt.”
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With personalities like the leader of the 2019 conference goals Shumbusho victory, Canadian First All-Star Team Jackson Farmer, and 2018 U SPORTS Rookie of the Year Thomas gardner All back in the T-Birds roster with a bumper crop of new signings, this year’s UBC squad is both deep and dangerous.
“We’re happy with the way some of the young guys have done, some of the guys who were in freshman last year and even two years ago because it’s hard to break into this team in the first year, but it’s nice to see some of them really started to make their way in. From an overall talent perspective and a depth perspective, I would put it with some of our top teams, no doubt. “
This depth is first tested tonight at 7:00 p.m. PT at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops. Saturday’s rematch is at 5:00 p.m. PT.
Due to indoor health restrictions, fans are not allowed to attend, but both matches are available on Canada West TV.