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The UBC Okanagan Heat men’s soccer squad has further bolstered its roster for their first year of CIS Canada West play with the addition of Shaun Pilcher of Port Moody.
The 6-foot-1 centreback from Heritage Woods Secondary Kodiaks has been a standout on the Coquitlam Ford-Metro Barca squad during the past few years, as well as the Coquitlam Ford-Metro Sparta squad which won the U18 national championship last October in St. John’s.
“We are very happy that Shaun has decided to join our program,” said Heat coach Dante Zanatta. “After having him train and play with us those recommendations were correct, Shaun is very good in the air and has a good understanding of the game and over time can become a dominating defender in Canada West.”
A native of South Africa, Pilcher and his family moved to Coquitlam in 2004.
“I think my greatest strengths are my ability to communicate with my teammates on the field, being able to win headers offensively and defensively, as well as contributing to the offence by scoring goals from set pieces and free kicks,” said Pilcher.
Having played with Giovanni Carida and Bryan Cadman during the U15 Y-League North American Finals (where they placed second) and in the U18 National Championships, Shaun felt that the Heat were a great personal fit for himself in taking the next step in his football career.
“I feel that it is a perfect time to join the Heat,” says Pilcher. “This is a team I can grow with, and I team I can help grow into Canada West.”