2014 men's soccer looks to top last season's success

2014 men's soccer looks to top last season's success

LAIE, Hawaii (Aug. 8, 2014) – After the best season in school history in 2013, Pacific West Conference Co-Head Coach of the Year Mark Davis and the BYU-Hawaii men's soccer team look to take the next step for the upcoming 2014 season.

"Last season was an amazing year and we took a huge step forward with our program," head coach Mark Davis said. "Now we are looking to build on that and take the program to an even higher level this year."

The 2013 campaign saw a nine-win season, the most ever for the Seasiders, highlighted by a 3-0 shutout win over eventual PacWest Champions Fresno Pacific in Laie. Davis shared the conference Coach of the Year honors with FPU's Jaime Ramirez while goalkeeper Chris Pineda earned Goalkeeper of the Year.

Defense was the name of the game in 2013 with seniors Matt Rider and Landon Southwick holding down the back line along with Gabriel Hatton and David Urbina. The Seasider defense led the conference in goals allowed (0.81), goals against average (0.77) and shutouts (8).

Pineda and Urbina return as seniors along with do-it-all midfielder Colby Bauer and four-year veteran Chad Naho'olewa, among others.

"Our core group of returners are special players that know how to lead and get the job done," Davis said. "I expect them to do very well this season and get us going."

Joining the Seasiders in 2014 is freshman center back Kelly Hess from Long Beach, Calif. He played for West Coast FC and will help reboot the back line.

More new additions to join him on defense include transfer Jacob Szutch out of Oregon State along with Ty O'Connor who is a sound technical player with championship experience also coming from West Coast FC.

Jace Green, a forward from BYU will also add to a talented class of newcomers.

"Our new guys are terrific and I am looking forward to getting into training and on the field," Davis said. "With the core we have, along with the additions we have made, 2014 is setting up to be a special season for this squad."

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