Aug 28, 2017

Men's Soccer 2017 Season Preview

A Winning Tradition

  • Two NCCAA National Championships (1988, 1990)
  • Four NCCAA National Tournaments (1986, 1987, 1988, 1990)
  • Four NCCAA District/Regional Championships (1986, 1987, 1988, 1990)
  • Six NCCAA District/Regional Tournaments (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990)
  • One NAIA National Tournament (1993)
  • One NAIA Regional/Area Championship (1993)
  • Three NAIA Regional/Area Tournaments (1993, 1996, 1998)
  • Two NAIA District Championships (1990, 1993)
  • Five NAIA District Tournaments (1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993)
  • Two Northwest Conference Tournaments (1995, 1996)
  • One Cascade Conference Tournament (1994)
  • Four NAIA Top 25 National Rankings (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995)
  • One NCCAA National Player of the Year (Dan LaVeine, 1990)
  • One NSCAA/Umbro National Goalkeeper of the Year (Jeff Nelson, 1994)
  • One NAIA Area Coach of the Year
  • One NAIA District Coach of the Year
  • 34 All-Americans 
  • 16 Academic All-Americans 
  • 11 players signed to professional contracts

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox men's soccer team is looking for a bounce-back year in the 2017 season, and head coach Luis Del Rio is confident his team is up for the challenge.

The Bruins had their struggles in 2016, but Del Rio expects that to change this year with a more dynamic and competitive team.

"Our guys are coming back with an edge," Del Rio said. "We are hungry for success, and our goal is to finish on the upper level of the Northwest Conference standings." 

The Bruins will lean on seniors Sean Owens and Moises Manon, as well as junior Trevor Martin, to get things done for the Bruins on offense. Owens, who led the team in goals, points and games played, is poised to have a breakthrough senior year.

"Sean has been on the rise since his freshman year," Del Rio said. "I expect him to bring in a total effort in his final season and be the guy our players look up to."

Experience will also be something the Bruins will have more of in 2017, as the roster includes nine seniors. Owens and Manon are joined by fellow seniors Daniel Alonzo, Grant Basquez, Ariel Herrera, Hector Jimenez, Joab Logan, Connor Lopez, Andrew Phillis and Austin Ziegler.

"This class is something special," explained Del Rio. "They have a ton of experience and all make their own impact in different ways. We need this type of leadership for this season."

It won't just be the upperclassmen stealing the thunder, either, as Del Rio is excited about the newcomers joining the program.

"We've brought in some players who are eager to prove themselves," Del Rio said. "We've covered all position groups with this class, and I'm excited to see how they perform."

The Bruins kick off their season on the road, traveling to Texas to face three prominent teams – against Dallas on Sept. 1, against Austin on Sept. 2, and at Texas-Dallas on Sept. 3.

Fans should mark Sept. 10 on their calendars, as the Bruins will host Northwest Christian in their home opener at 3 p.m.

"I'm eager for this season to get started," remarked Del Rio. "Our team has had to learn the hard way over the years, and I'm hopeful this season will change the tide. Our team knows that in this league nothing is given, and you must work hard every day, every practice and every game. We have to be smarter on the soccer pitch in order to obtain results."

The Bruins will host an alumni game Aug. 27 at 4 p.m. at Austin Sports Complex.

To see the full schedule for the men's soccer team, click here.