Head Coach Deano Morley recently sat down with gocapersgo.ca to discuss the upcoming season.
Training camp is well underway and pre season begins on the road and travel to Antigonish on Saturday to play two exhibition games. First, we will play Holland College from PEI on Saturday 3rd September at 2pm and then we play STFX on Sunday 4th September at 11am.
We are really looking forward to playing Holland College, it is a game we have tried to set up the last two seasons and finally we were able to make it work this year. Coach Jonathan Vos has done an excellent job at HC and in 2015 they captured the ACAA title for the 5th time in 7 years.
Most importantly following the games on Monday the 5th, we will be heading to Mabou to offer a free soccer camp to children aged 4-14 and to play a fun game against an adult recreational team. We want to see the passion for soccer grow around the island and hope we can influence many young players to play the FUN and ACTIVE and AFFORDABLE game of soccer. We will continue our trip around the beautiful island to enjoy some team bonding time and plan to visit Cheticamp, walk the beautiful Skyline trail and soak up the beauty of Ingonish.
Our team goals are clearly defined. Our mission is to achieve academic excellence and win Atlantic and National Championships; representing our institution and community with Pride and Professionalism.
With thirteen new recruits joining the CAPERS program our first focus is to educate the players about the philosophies, history, standards and the culture of our program, university and community; installing a disciplined work ethic in our playing staff that will allow us to continue to challenge to be the best.
It is exciting to bring so many players together from around the world to combine as CAPERS. While our obvious goals are to win the regular season league, secure a bye into the semi-finals of the AUS playoffs and win the 2016 AUS banner. Our larger goal remains focused toward developing players to have the Confidence, Competence, Character and Creativity to play with freedom and passion.
We have 7 players returning from the 2015 season team that finished 1st in the AUS standings losing a heart breaker in the AUS Final to UNB 2-1. The valuable experience they gained competing at the 2015 National Finals at York, Ontario, where they beat the University of Toronto 3-0 to finish the year ranked 5th nationally will serve them well.
Whilst we believe inspiration and leadership can arise from anywhere no matter the rank, we do have two outstanding team Captains to show the way! Stuart Heath, a third year player from Belfast Ireland, and Andrej Rajic a fourth year player from Gatineau Quebec, are both Academic All-Canadian honor students and both possess exceptional leadership skills on and off the field.
Last year's AUS Rookie of the Year Joel Eckert, returns for his second year hoping to pick up from where he left of in the 2015 season he scored 6 times whilst adding five assists. We are also very excited to welcome back Danny Pritchard and Robson Doolan both from England who had fantastic rookie seasons last year and have returned fitter and stronger for year two.
Proudly we welcome back Hugh Parslow from Dartmouth NS, and local lad Jessie MacIntyre who has notably put in a ton of work in the off season and returned looking confident and ready to compete at the AUS level.
The CAPERS Men's program welcomes 13 new faces from 6 different countries. Whilst it can certainly be classified as a 'new look' CAPER team the new players arrive eager to maintain the success the program has become accustomed too and they certainly have the talent and pedigree to do so.
For the first time the CAPERS program welcomes student athletes from Scotland; Jamie Wilson a Goal Keeper from Dunbar and Marcus Campanile a Midfielder from Edinburg should both feel very much at home in our beautiful 'New Scotland' Cape Breton Community.
The Scots will be joined by Englishman, Cory Bent an exciting attacking player and Peter Schaale a strong beast of a defender from Germany. Cedric N'guessan an explosive athlete originally from Holland along with Demetre Daniels and Trey Bean both from Bermuda round off our international flair. Closer to home we are proud to have Mathew Larter from Waverly NS, Viktor Lyczywek from Toronto, Marko Djukic from Kitchener Ontario and Caelann Budhoo from Manitoba all join our program.
In addition to the new faces a couple of familiar faces will also return to the program. Max Raab rejoins the team after missing the 2015 season and two time CAPERS AUS Champion 2007,2009, Yianni Harbis makes and inspirational return to the pitch. Yianni, now married and a father to two beautiful twins will be taking his MBA at CBU and he will have a great influence on the younger new faces who can hopefully follow in his footsteps of being a champion on the field and an honours student in the classroom.
We will be young, but the future looks very bright.
As the Head Coach my philosophy of how the game should be played will not change, football is to be played on the floor – to feet with purposeful possession. We are a program that believes in building out of the back, using quick, controlled ball movement to unbalance and manipulate the opposition.
We hope to play exciting, crowd pleasing attacking football with an emphasis on high tempo ball movement! We will be ready for the #2 nationally ranked powerhouses UNB who arrives to our stadium on Saturday September 10th and we very much look forward to a rematch of the 2014 & 2015 AUS finals!