By Braedan Willis, Vikes Communications

 

[ONLINE STORY]

University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer player Matteo Ventura has been named to the Canada West All-Rookie Team after an outstanding first season.

CANADA WEST RELEASE 

Ventura scored 10 times in his first year as a Vike, putting him in a three-way tie for third overall in Canada West. The first-year led all rookies in goals and points, recording three assists to go along with this 10 goals. The Prince Rupert native started 13 games and saw game time in all 16 of the Vikes regular season games.

Ventura’s offensive output kept the Vikes in the Canada West playoff picture for the entire season until a loss on the final weekend of regular season play eliminated the Vikes from contention.

With four more years of eligibility, Ventura will be surely be a centre piece of the Vikes offensive for many season to come.

The Vikes finished with a 5-8-3 record finishing in sixth place in the Canada West pacific division, two spots from the final playoff spot.

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

2018 CANADA WEST MEN’S SOCCER ALL-ROOKIES
Position / Name / University / Hometown / Program

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

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