Season preview: Kodiaks soccer teams eye banners

Season preview: Kodiaks soccer teams eye banners

Sept. 6, 2019 – Last season could be considered a breakthrough, but the Lethbridge College Kodiaks soccer teams feel the 2019 season might be even better. In 2018, both the women’s and men’s teams played in ACAC medal games in the same season for the first time in program history, with the women’s squad earning a bronze medal.

Both teams return the core of those squads and are supplemented by impressive recruiting classes that have the coaching staff optimistic that this could be the year of the Kodiaks. 

“I think we’re even deeper this year than we were last season,” says Kodiaks co-head coach Sean Carey of the women’s team that earned just the second ACAC medal in program history in 2018. “I feel it's a really good balanced team and if we can keep injury-free, we should be making a lot of noise again this year.” 

On the men’s side, the Kodiaks still feel the sting from a penalty-kicks loss in last season’s ACAC bronze medal contest. But most of the players from that team are returning, and Carey has also lured three former ACAC all-stars – goalkeeper Cody Ferguson, midfielder Braydon Jetten and defender Joel Arrieus – back into the Kodiaks fold, giving the team a formidable roster and a lofty goal. 

“Nationals is our expectation,” says Carey. “We feel this is the deepest team we’ve ever had and we're not going to micromanage them. We're going to give them direction and the game plan, but then we’re going to let them loose to go out and play.” 

A strength for both teams is the experience of the shared coaching staff. Carey enters the third year of his second stint with the Kodiaks, and last year was named ACAC coach of the year in both the men’s and women’s conferences – the first person ever to achieve both those honours in the same season. He’s joined by Mark Pries, who was promoted to co-head coach over the summer after spending the past eight seasons as an assistant.

 

The Kodiaks open the ACAC season at home this weekend. On Saturday, the Kodiaks host the University of Alberta – Augustana Vikings, with the women’s game at 2 p.m., followed by the men’s contest at 4 p.m. 

On Sunday, the Kodiaks get a visit from Red Deer College, with a noon kickoff for the women’s game and a 2 p.m. start for the men’s match. All games are at the Servus Sports Centre field, located just north of the Lethbridge College campus.