MSOC: T-Birds earn double-digit all-star, all-rookie total

MSOC: T-Birds earn double-digit all-star, all-rookie total

UBC's big day comes ahead of hosting CW Final Four

EDMONTON – Ahead of hosting the Canada West Men's Soccer Final Four this weekend, the UBC Thunderbirds had a total of 10 players honoured as conference all-stars, or all-rookies Wednesday.

The all-star and all-rookie teams were selected by the conference's 13 men's soccer head coaches, who also vote on the conference's major awards, which will be released Thursday.

Highlights:

  • UBC led the all-star and all-rookie tally with 10 players honoured
  • The Thunderbirds host this weekend's CW MSOC Final Four beginning with semifinal action Friday
  • The conference's major award winners will be unveiled Thursday afternoon

Thunderbirds Connor Guilherme and Thomas Gardner cracked the first all-star team, while UBC dominated the second team with five players selected. The 'Birds also had three players make the all-rookie team.

UBC went 13-1-2 during the regular season and will host this weekend's four-team conference tournament, where one team will earn the right to join the 'Birds as a CW representative at the U SPORTS national tournament. UBC is set to host that event November 8-11.

All together, the four teams at this weekend's Final Four had 16 players honoured Wednesday: UBC (10), Fraser Valley (4), Thompson Rivers (1), and Trinity Western (1).

TRU and TWU clash Friday at 4 p.m. PDT in the first CW semi, while UBC takes on UFV in the second semi at 7 p.m. PDT.

You can watch all the action from this weekend's CW MSOC Final Four by tuning in on Canada West TV. Post-season passes can be purchased by clicking here.


2018 CANADA WEST MEN'S SOCCER ALL-STARS - First Team

Position / Name / University / Eligibility / Hometown / Program

  • GK / Connor James / Alberta / 5 / Edmonton, AB / Business
  • D / Tammer Byrne / Fraser Valley / 5 / Abbotsford, BC / Kinesiology
  • D / Noah Cunningham / Alberta / 3 / St. Albert, AB / Education
  • D / Connor Guilherme / UBC / 3 / Thunder Bay, ON / Science
  • D / Janko Vong / Alberta / 3 / Coquitlam, BC / Science
  • D / Gordon Hall / UNBC / 5 / Chilliwack, BC / Forest Ecology & Management
  • M / Thomas Gardner / UBC / 1 / North Vancouver, BC / Arts
  • F / Ajeej Sarkaria / Alberta / 3 / Edmonton, AB / Business
  • F / Gurmaan Jhaj / Fraser Valley / 4 / Aldergrove, BC / Qualifying Studies
  • F / Easton Ongaro / Alberta / 2 / Edmonton, AB / Arts
  • F / Joel Waterman / Trinity Western / 5 / Aldergrove, BC / Media & Communication

2018 CANADA WEST MEN'S SOCCER ALL-STARS - Second Team

Position / Name / University / Eligibility / Hometown / Program

  • GK / Jason Roberts / UBC / 4 / Richmond, BC / Arts
  • D / Jan Pirretas Glasmacher / Thompson Rivers / 2 / Barcelona, ESP / Business
  • D / Ivan Borka / Alberta / 5 / Winnipeg, MB / Engineering
  • D / Riley Pang / UBC / 3 / Richmond, BC / Arts
  • D / Ryan Doering / Calgary / 5 / Calgary, AB / Science
  • D / Daniel Harrison / Mount Royal / 3 / Calgary, AB / Arts
  • F / Caleb Clarke / UBC / 5 / Vancouver, BC / Arts
  • F / Nikolas Baikas / Saskatchewan / 1 / Saskatoon, SK / Arts & Science
  • F / Kristian Yli-Hietanen / UBC / 4 / North Vancouver, BC / Arts
  • F / Sean Einarsson / UBC / 4 / Surrey, BC / Unclassified
  • F / Moe El Gandour / Mount Royal / 1 / Calgary, AB / Business

NOTE: The all-star teams consist of one goalkeeper, five defending players, and five attacking players.

2018 CANADA WEST MEN'S SOCCER ALL-ROOKIES

Position / Name / University / Hometown / Program

  • D / Daniel Kaiser / UBC / Calgary, AB / Arts
  • D / Sahib Sidhu / Fraser Valley / Surrey, BC / Kinesiology
  • D / Morgan Graham / Alberta / Edmonton, AB / Open Studies
  • M / Thomas Gardner / UBC / North Vancouver, BC / Arts
  • M / Nick Fussell / UBC / Surrey, BC / Business
  • F / Nikolas Baikas / Saskatchewan / Saskatoon, SK / Arts & Science
  • F / Matteo Ventura / Victoria / Prince Rupert, BC / Humanities
  • F / Everett Orgnero / MacEwan / Calgary, AB / Arts
  • F / Moe El Gandour / Mount Royal / Calgary, AB / Business
  • F / Derek Brust / Calgary / Calgary, AB / Engineering
  • F / Andrew Peat / Fraser Valley / Coquitlam, BC / Qualifying Studies

NOTE: The all-rookie team consists of the top 11 first-year players, regardless of position.