Mount Royal soccer stars honoured
by Blaine Meller
Three Mount Royal soccer stars have been named among Canada’s best. Ashley Dixon, Gillian Doubleday and Justin Farenik were among 22 players to receive All-Canadian recog- nition from the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA).
Dixon played on the Cougars’ women’s team that went 10-0 this past season and claimed the provincial bronze medal. Dixon, one of the team captains, scored two goals in nine games and was named All-Canadian for the third time.
Doubleday, with 20 goals in 10 games, became the Cougars’ all-time leading scorer and set a new ACAC record for career goals. Doubleday was also one of five players nominated for women’s player of the year. That award went to Alexa Kennedy of the UBC Okanagan Heat. Farenik scored one goal in 10 games for the men’s team that finished first in the south division with an 8-1-1 record, and helped the Cougars win a bronze medal during the ACAC championships, played here at Mount Royal.
He played five seasons for the Cougars. Additionally, men’s head coach Jamie Pollock was rec- ognized as the CCAA coach of the year. Pollock, who previously coached with both the University of New Brunswick and Mount Allison University, served as Cougars’ assistant coach from 2001-04 and again in 2009-10 before taking over as head coach.
He has been part of three Cougars’ ACAC championship teams, as well as the national championship squad of 2003- 04.
As a player, Pollock was a CIS All-Canadian with the University of New Brunswick and also suited up for the Winnipeg Fury and Nova Scotia Clippers of the Canadian Soccer League. Overall, the Cougars men’s soccer team has claimed 10 ACAC and three CCAA titles, while the women’s team has captured eight ACAC crowns.