Alan Koch
Alan Koch

Rough start dampens promising men’s soccer season

August 21, 2008

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The SFU Clan men’s soccer team opened their 2008 season with a bang Aug. 20, scoring their first goal of the year about three minutes into their match with the Trinity Western University Spartans.

But the remaining 87 minutes ended in a whimper, as Simon Fraser (0-1) gave up four first-half goals, ultimately succumbing to the Spartans 5-1.

Nevertheless, the men’s squad has high hopes for another successful year after an impressive 17-win season in 2007, culminating in a trip to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Final Four.

Rookie head coach Alan Koch, who comes to SFU after two seasons at Baker University in Kansas, has done an outstanding job during the recruiting season, attracting six top-level recruits to add significant depth to the roster.

“We have an established group of returning players and a great group of new recruits. Together, our goal will be to win the next match, and if we get on a roll the sky is the limit,” says Koch.

“The team has had a taste of what it is like to make a deep run into the playoffs and hopefully we can get that going again this year.”

SFU’s first home game of the season takes place on Sept. 27 against Seattle University (2:30 p.m.). The much-anticipated Challenge Cup between SFU and UBC takes place at Thunderbird Stadium on Oct. 1 (7 p.m.)
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