Huskies striking for history

Catch You on the Rebound

By Curtis J. Phillips, Connect Contributor

Monty Haines and the Keyano Huskies men’s soccer team will be playing against the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings this weekend inside the SMS Equipment Stadium at Shell Place. Supplied photo

Monty Haines and the Keyano Huskies men’s soccer team will be playing against the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings this weekend inside the SMS Equipment Stadium at Shell Place. Supplied photo

On September 29, 2013, the Olympic torch is lit in its birthplace of Ancient Olympia, starting its journey from Greece to Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games to be held in Sochi.

On September 29, 2013, the Keyano Huskies men’s soccer flame is lit as this would be the last time that they would lose an Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) regular season soccer game in a 2-0 score against the MacEwan University Griffins.

Since then, the Huskies have gone on to sport a ACAC regular season record of 25 wins and three ties with 103 goals for and only 15 goals against.

This weekend, Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 2 p.m. they have a chance to make ACAC history at Shell Place’s SMS Equipment Stadium when they host the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings.

The Huskies are currently tied for most wins without a loss in ACAC men’s soccer history in as much as the Mount Royal Cougars squad from 1996-1999 also finished their streak at 28 games.

With wins or ties this weekend, the Huskies will be No. 1 in ACAC soccer archives (started in 1990).

Head coach Connor Brady has formed a well-balanced squad with the additions of Daniel Caceres, Monty Haines, Yusuph Kalenga, Francis Kailondo and Edwardo Ulhoa blending in with Huskies veterans Pedro Bianachi, Taethloach Guet, Angel Goldson, Cody Holland, and Rodrigo Koebsch.

Coach Brady is joined on the sidelines this year with his father George Brady as an assistant coach.

George was a driving force in the development of local soccer in the 1980s and 1990s and now resides in the Edmonton area.

“His game management is next to none,” said Brady of his father George. “Also, I am a passionate guy and sometimes my passion overrides my character and his job is to make sure that I stay composed and that the lads stay composed.

“It means a lot to have him here as he taught me everything I know about the game. We have a special opportunity to do something big for our community.”

The special opportunity that Connor is referring to is that the Huskies, having qualified and attended three consecutive Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) men’s soccer national tournaments, yet to medal, have a chance at the podium with their fourth straight CCAA appearance November 9 to November, 2, 2016 when they host the 2016 CCAA Men’s Soccer National Championships at Shell Place’s SMS Equipment Stadium.

But before that, get out there this Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 2 p.m to cheer the Huskies to History!

In other ACAC streaks…NAIT Ooks men’s hockey 2015-2016 had their 36-game streak end last weekend. Mount Royal Cougars women’s soccer went 32 games in 2006 – 2009 and 31 games undefeated 1998 – 2001. Red Deer men’s volleyball 43 match streak 2001-2004.

Do to incomplete ACAC Archives, we do not know the winningest ACAC team. It may be the Red Deer Queens women’s volleyball team of the 1980s’ with anywhere between 36-0 and 53-0. SAIT Trojans men’s hoops from late 1980s’ could also be around the 40 games plus streak.

Did you know that Unified Bocce is now a new sport in the Alberta Schools Athletic Association? With more than 3,000 different types of sports and recreational activities around the globe I have to wonder what is next.

Did you know that local martial arts Ahmad Kabalan is a member of the Canadian Shotokan Karate Association national team? He follows in the steps of others including Paul Wohlgemuth who attended several world championships while representing Fort McMurray.

Catch you on the rebound.

– Connect Weekly –