Aug 22, 2018

2018 Men's Soccer 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 – The George Fox men's soccer team embarks on a new era in 2018 under first-year head coach Biniam Afenegus.

Afenegus took the helm in February and has been at work to improve the Bruins' fortunes ever since. The 31-man squad is almost split down the middle, with 16 underclassmen and 15 upperclassmen.

Coach Afenegus arrives from Southern Oregon, where he guided the team to a 14-7-1 record in 2017, a conference championship, a Cascade Conference Tournament Championship, and the program's first appearance in the NAIA Men's Soccer Championships.

The 2018 Bruins will lean primarily on their seniors - a class of nine: Trevor Martin, Moises Manon, Noah LaMadridRicky Hatate, Freddy Centeno, Fernando Torres, Alex Barene and Austin Burdick, Bryce Towne. Manon led the squad in points last year with six, while Martin and Hatate also cracked the top-six in points on the team. As for the defense, Rowan Blake and William Rudd will help patrol the back line, while Burdick looks to be the starting goalkeeper.

"Our players are really hungry for this upcoming season," Afenegus said. "We have a lot of guys who are working hard to pursue excellence. That goes for on and off the field. A lot of our meetings have been goal-centered and about what we want to accomplish this season."

The Bruins kick off their season with two exhibition games against Concordia-Portland (Aug. 25) and Warner Pacific (Aug. 28). George Fox's official season will start at home with a pair of games against Multnomah University (Aug. 31) and Northwest-Washington (Sept. 1). Northwest Conference play opens on Sept. 14 with the Bruins hosting Whitworth and, two days later, Whitman. According to the Northwest Conference Coaches' Poll, the Bruins are slated to finish sixth on the season. 

"I'm eager to see this group of men get after it this year," added Afenegus. "Fans can expect us to play whistle to whistle and be a highly mobile team. We will focus on being technical and improving on the defensive side of the ball. We want to be competitive in conference play and shock some teams this year. Our goal is to get better each and every day."

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

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