Kwantlen Eagles named to PACWEST soccer all-star teams

Sun, Oct 28, 2012


Ajit Braich
Ajit Braich, men’s soccer team coach, was named PACWEST Men’s Coach of the Year.

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October 29, 2012

Kwantlen Eagles named to PACWEST soccer all-star teams

(Metro Vancouver, BC) – A number of Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Eagles are included on the list of all-star teams for the 2012-2013 season! The Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST) made this announcement in advance of the upcoming 2012 Soccer Provincial Championships hosted by Quest University in Squamish.

Representing Kwantlen on the women’s first team all-stars is fifth-year student-athlete, Brittany McNeill (Delta). In her final year of eligible play, Brittany captained the Eagles to a win-loss-tie record of 5-5-4 this past season. Joining her on the list as a second team all-star is first-year forward, Harveer Rai (Surrey). Harveer made her mark on the PACWEST stage in her first year, scoring three goals in critical situations for the Eagles and ranked fourteenth in the PACWEST scoring leaders list.

On the men’s side, the Eagles saw two veteran athletes named to the PACWEST first team all-stars. Second-year forward, Murtada Almatrood (Burnaby) led the way on the all-star list, and placed fifth in the PACWEST scoring leaders ranking list. In the first week of league play, Murtada was named PACWEST Athlete of the Week and the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Male Athlete of the Week. Joining Murtada is teammate and fellow forward, Jacob Starheim (Delta); who also made the PACWEST scoring leaders list. Last but not least, first-year defender and mid-fielder, Leroy Kusina (Surrey) was also named to the all-star list. Leroy continually supported his teammates and was a leading factor in the Eagles strong defensive play that kept them in multiple games throughout the season and denied many opponents at the Eagles net.

In addition, KPU is proud to announce that men’s Eagles Head Coach, Ajit Braich, was named PACWEST Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year. In his third-year as head coach with the Eagles soccer program, Ajit has led the team from sixth place and a 4-5-3 record in 2011 to capture the fourth spot in the 2012-2013 year with a season record of 6-3-5 in 14 league games.

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