As another college season concludes we look back at how former Whitecaps FC Residency players contributed to their collegiate clubs.
Canada West was once again filled with Whitecaps FC Residency talent. UBC had several former ‘Caps contributing:
- Victory Shumbusho – nine goals
- Patrick Metcalfe – three goals and six assists
- Patrick Izett – three goals and six assists
- Zach Verhoven – three goals and six assists
- Manraj Bains – one goal
Former Prospects player Brian Im also added one goal in one appearance.
The Thunderbirds reached the U Sports national championship tournament in Kamloops after an impressive season on the pitch, posting a 14-6-1 record and going 10-4-1 in conference play. They defeated Trinity Western in the Canada West final with a 3-2 double overtime win.
In that Canada West gold medal match, Shumbusho got UBC on the board when trailing 2-0 in the second half. The goal seemed to spark the T-Birds in their comeback victory. UBC’s overtime winner was assisted by Verhoven.
At the national championship tournament, UBC eventually lost to hosts Thompson Rivers University, coached by Whitecaps FC Kamloops Academy head coach John Antulov.
Among other Canada West teams, former Whitecaps FC Residency player Vaggeli Boucas was a regular in the lineup for the Spartans, starting 14 matches this season.
Some of the other Residency grads in U Sports this past season were:
- Liam Elbourne (St Francis Xavier)
- Jeevin Kang (UBC Okanagan)
- Nikhil Reddy (UBC Okanagan)
- Evan Libke (UVic)
NCAA Division I
Whitecaps FC have many former Residency players thriving in the Division I ranks across the United States. This includes a handful of recent graduates from the ‘Caps program plying their trade as freshmen south of the border.
Nicolas Apostol of UConn had himself a very promising season appearing in 18 games for the Huskies. The Coquitlam native showed versatility playing on defense, and in the midfield, adding two goals and an assist in his freshman campaign. His five points ranked fifth among team point leaders.
In addition, Burnaby boy Alan Camacho had quite the year playing for the Temple Owls, starting in 11 of 12 appearances, and making the most of his time on the pitch. Camacho tallied five goals (four game winners), and one assist, good for 11 points. In doing so, Camacho earned American Athletic Conference second team All-Conference and All-Rookie selection. Furthermore, he received rookie, and offensive player of the week honours on multiple occasions this fall.
Other ‘Caps freshmen included:
- Aidan Aylward (Loyola University Ramblers)
- Joel Harrison (Michigan Wolverines)
- Brendan Skinner (Marquette Golden Eagles)
- Terrell Smith (Santa Clara Broncos)
Among the other more experienced collegians competing in the NCAA, junior defender Alex Comsia and his North Carolina Tar Heels enjoyed a run to the Final Four where they ultimately fell to Indiana 1-0 in the semifinals. Over the course of the season Comsia started and appeared in all 22 games for UNC, anchoring the backline from August to December.
Some of the other Residency grads playing in NCAA Division I included:
- Nike Azuma (Columbia)
- Andre Baires (Green Bay)
- Quinn Bredin (Bucknell)
- Eric de Graaf (Portland)
- Vana Markarian (Columbia)
- Cole Morokhovich (Princeton)
- Frazer Poulter (UC Santa Barbara)
- Nick Prasad (Seattle University)
- Daniel Sagno (San Diego State)
- Francesco Saporito (Milwaukee)
- Aymar Sigue (Penn State)
NCAA Division II
Simon Fraser University won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) for the second consecutive season, qualifying for the NCAA Division II national championship tournament in the process. Unfortunately for the Clan it was an early exit, falling agonizingly to Cal Poly Pomona in the first round.
Freshman midfielder Marcello Polisi earned All-West region first team honours and was named GNAC Player of the Year. Meanwhile former ‘Caps PDL player Adam Jones earned GNAC first team honours, and brother and Residency grad Kyle Jones earned second team honours.
Here’s how the rest of our Residency players fared with the Clansmen this season.
In National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), William Diaz fell in the NAIA national championship second round. Diaz started 17 matches in the regular season, as well as their opening postseason win.
In the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), goalkeeper Luciano Trasolini started 19 matches, posting a record of 13-3-1 with five clean sheets and a 1.09 GAA.