Soccer looks to rebuild

Men look for better results in coming season.

The Mount Allison Men’s Soccer Mounties had a disappointing season in 2012. While the women’s soccer team made the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) playoffs, the men’s team had a hard time establishing momentum throughout the season, only managing to win three games for the entire thirteen game season. That is not to say there were no successes in the campaign: The team beat Acadia on the road 3-0 on September 23rd. At the time, Acadia had not lost a game, and it was definitely a turning point for the worst for the Axemen.

There has been solid play from members of the team throughout the season. Aaron Gagnon did a superb job, not only playing his usual midfield position, but also filling in for full back Femi Adegbidi while he was absent due to a suspension. Rookie Jeffrey Owen also provided solid support for striker Connor McCumber, and in a limited amount of appearances managed to score one goal in the 2012 campaign.

The team will lose key players Chris Vizena, Femi Adegbidi, Allen Fowlis, Pat Burtt and Alex Zscheile: all five will be graduating. Vizena appeared in all thirteen of the Mounties games this year, and the Osgoode, Ontario native will be missed in the midfield. Adegbidi has always been the heart and soul of the team and the energy and support he brings to the locker room will certainly be missed. Burtt was part of a three-way tie for team scoring. His two goals on the campaign were tied with McCumber and Cale Saunders for the lead in team scoring. Zscheile and Fowlis have been long-time members of the defensive unit for the Mounties, and Head Coach Roy Chineh will have a hard time trying to replace the two.

Mt. A will have the chance to wipe the slate clean in September as they try and improve on their 2012 campaign, where they finished second to last in the AUS.

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