KELOWNA, B.C. - For the third time in the past four seasons, the Heat men's soccer team has managed to place a player on the first conference all-star team.
Fifth-year team captain Hamish Walde received the Canada West first-team honour, while first-year striker Pierson Stanley received All-Rookie honours for a strong season on the frontline. Walde is being put on the first team list for the second time in his career for his defensive prowess. He was first given the honour during the 2017-18 season. Pierson Stanley becomes the first Heat player to earn a spot on the men's soccer all-rookie team since Sam McDonald two years ago.
Walde missed only one game this season, the first game he hadn't played (and started) in over three Canada West seasons. Although he failed to register a point offensively this season, he was third on the team in shots and was a crucial piece to UBCO's hot start (6-1-1). His vocal leadership kept the Heat in check and was a key to the team's improvement by four wins compared to last season. The fifth-year defender finished his Canada West and Heat career with 54 starts in 62 matches played. The defender scored seven goals and was also an Academic All-Canadian. Walde's presence on the backline was felt by all his opponents and a gap with be left in his departure as he graduates this spring with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
"With his quality of play, the coaching staff has felt that Hamish was a five-year all-star in his time here," said head coach Dante Zanatta on his team captain's conference recognition. "We feel it is appropriate that he be recognized as such in his final year."
As team captain Zanatta said that "Walde's leadership was two-fold, on and off the pitch. In both areas, he always led by example with a desire to win that was second to none."
When Stanley joined the Heat this summer after putting up more than a goal-per-game in high school, he was full of confidence and was ready to produce on the pitch. He did just that in his 13 games and eight starts this season, the striker from North Vancouver would score his first career Canada West goal on September 13. He also recorded a pair of assists in his rookie season. Stanley was one of the pieces that helped this year's version of the Heat set a team record for goals in a season with 17. With quick feet, a big frame and eyes for the back of the net, Stanley will be poised to improve his game next season as he will become an ever more important piece of the Heat's offence.
"It is definitely a good sign for the future," Zanatta pointed out about Stanley being recognized on the conference all-rookie team. "It's a quality recognition for the great work he has put in. He had a good year and we are excited about the type of player that Stanley will be going forward."
List of Canada West All-Stars for UBC Okanagan:
2019/20: First team: Hamish Walde (MSOC)
2017/18: First team: Hamish Walde (MSOC); First team: Aidan Lea (WVB); Second team: Mitch McCaw (MSOC), Lars Bornemann (MVB), Michelle Jakszuk (WVB)
2016/17: First team: Mitch McCaw (MSOC); Second team: Kaitlynn Given (WVB)
2015/16: First team: Katie Wuttunee (WVB); Second team: Katy Klomps (WVB), Brianna Beamish (WVB)
2014/15: First team: Katy Klomps (WVB); Second team: Katie Wuttunee (WVB)
2013/14: Second team: Katy Klomps (WVB)
2012/13: Second team: Emily Oxland (WVB)
2011/12: Second team: Nate Speijer (MVB)
UBC Okanagan has now earned 16 (6 first-team, 10 second-team) Canada West All-Star awards overall since it joined the Canada West Universities Athletic Association in September of 2011. Soccer started competing in Canada West in the fall of 2014.
List of Canada West All-Rookies for UBC Okanagan:
2019/20: Pierson Stanley (MSOC)
2018/19: Hafith Moallin (MBB), Cam Vanderveen (MVB), Jade Bussard (WVB), Sydney Grills (WVB)
2017/18: Sam McDonald (MSOC), Caleb Funk (MVB)
2016/17: Kyle Hinchey (MVB), Sara McCreary (WVB)
2015/16: Eli Risso (MVB), Devon Cote (MVB)
2014/15: Aldrich Berrios (MBB)
2013/14: Lars Bornemann (MVB), Michelle Jackszuk (WVB)
Canada West Universities Athletic Association has been giving out All-Rookie teams since the 2013/14 season. Soccer started giving out All-Rookie teams in the fall of 2017.
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EDMONTON – The 2019 Canada West men's and women's soccer all-star and all-rookie teams were unveiled Thursday, as the conference gets set for playoff action this weekend.
On the men's side, the Pacific Division first-place UBC Thunderbirds led the first team all-star charge with three, including 2018 CW Player of the Year Thomas Gardner. In total, five Thunderbirds were named all-stars, or all-rookies.
Leading the overall all-star and all-rookie charge were the Prairie Division Mount Royal Cougars with six.
The conference soccer playoffs open this weekend with men's quarter-final action. You can watch all four games by tuning into Canada West TV Presented by Co-op.
MEN'S FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM
Player / School / Year / Hometown / Program
Jake Ruschkowski / Calgary / 3 / Calgary, AB / Engineering
Jackson Farmer / UBC / 3 / Edmonton, AB / Arts
Jacob Powell / Saskatchewan / 5 / Coquitlam, BC / Business
Hamish Walde / UBCO / 5 / Salt Spring Island, BC / Applied Science
Jan Pirettas Glasmacher / Thompson Rivers / 3 / Barcelona, Spain / Business
Trevor MacPhee / Mount Royal / 5 / Calgary, AB / Business
Isaac Koch / Victoria / 4 / West Kelowna, BC / History
Victory Shumbusho / UBC / 3 / Chilliwack, BC / Arts
Mohamed El Gandour / Mount Royal / 2 / Calgary, AB / Business
Nikolas Baikas / Saskatchewan / 2 / Saskatoon, SK / Business
Thomas Gardner / UBC / 2 / North Vancouver, BC / Arts
MEN'S SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM
Player / School / Year / Hometown / Program
Rob Goodey / UNBC / 4 / Langley, BC / English & History
Caleb Johnson / Trinity Western / 4 / Strathmore, AB / Business Admin.
Jordan Haynes / UBC / 2 / Selwyn, ON / Arts
Daniel Harrison / Mount Royal / 4 / Calgary, AB / Arts
Janko Vong / Alberta / 4 / Coquitlam, BC / Science
Jake Ruby / Trinity Western / 1 / North Vancouver, BC / Undeclared
James Fraser / Thompson Rivers / 4 / Kelowna, BC / Business
Dane Domic / Mount Royal / 1 / Calgary, AB / Open Studies
Cody Fransen / Trinity Western / 5 / Lynden, Wash. / Business Admin.
Dominick Zuczek / Calgary / 3 / Calgary, AB / Engineering
Gurmaan Jhaj / Fraser Valley / 5 / Aldergrove, BC / Qualifying Studies
MEN'S ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Player / School / Hometown / Program
Dane Domic / Mount Royal / Calgary, AB / Open Studies
Jehmrode Kahlon / Fraser Valley / Abbotsford, BC / Science
Jake Ruby / Trinity Western / North Vancouver, BC / Undeclared
Miguel Da Rocha / Mount Royal / Calgary, AB / Computer Science
Logan Chung / UBC / Port Coquitlam, BC / Kinesiology
Eryk Kobza / Calgary / Kinesiology / North Vancouver, BC
KB Bekwayo / Saskatchewan / Saskatoon, SK / Arts & Science
Reid Adams / UNBC / Victoria, BC / Biomedical Studies
Joey Seo / Trinity Western / Victoria, BC / Human Kinetics
Pierson Stanley / UBCO / North Vancouver, BC / Management
Tom Ruetten / Mount Royal / Calgary, AB / Open Studies
MEN'S ALL-STARS AND ALL-ROOKIES BY TEAM
School / First Team All-Stars / Second Team All-Stars / All-Rookies = TOTAL
Mount Royal Cougars: 2 / 2 / 2 = 6
UBC Thunderbirds: 3 / 1 / 1 = 5
Trinity Western Spartans: 0 / 3 / 1 = 4
Saskatchewan Huskies: 2 / 0 / 1 = 3
Calgary Dinos: 1 / 1 / 1 = 3
Thompson Rivers WolfPack: 1 / 1 / 0 = 2
UBCO Heat: 1 / 0 / 1 = 2
UNBC Timberwolves: 0 / 1 / 1 = 2
UFV Cascades: 0 / 1 / 1 = 2
Victoria Vikes: 1 / 0 / 0 = 1
Alberta Golden Bears: 0 / 1 / 0 = 1