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Men's Futsal 2016-17
Despite the small size of the school, the Ambrose Lions Men’s Futsal team always has maintained pride in the intensity and commitment of the squad. Dedication to one another, and to the Lord, is one of the main messages Head Coach Paul Barnett and his Assistant Coach Mike Stacey have preached throughout the pre-season.
One of Ambrose’s strengths lies in their dedication to play together as a strong defensive unit. Head Coach Paul Barnett continues to encourage individual accountability, fitness, and deliberate and decisive communication amongst his players in their defensive systems. The result has been a marked improvement in lowering goals and shots against this pre-season. With team speed on the attacking side of the ball, the Lion’s are showing the ability to score on the counterattack. Thus, their main goal will be to frustrate the opposition by maintaining strong defensive play, then quickly capitalizing on interceptions or distributions by the goalkeeper after a missed shot by the opposition.
So far, their hard work has paid off in the pre-season and the team has shown great improvements. A recent exhibition tournament in November displayed this, where they tied the 2016 ACAC Silver Medallist Medicine Hat Rattlers 4-4 after battling back from an early 4-2 deficit. They will look to keep growing and the team aspires to medal in the newly expanded ACAC Championships that is being hosted by Ambrose in March 2017.
Returning from last year is a strong core group of players including Dillon Traber, Peter Hernandez, Nathan Polonenko, Adam Keizer, Matthew Wideman and Adam Koning. Alex Fabbi and Matt Stacey are also back and will look to improve upon their impressive play last season.
Alex Fabbi was a stalwart both offensively and defensively last season, arriving after a short break from the Foothills Saints Tier 1 team. Alex has again proven to be a potent offensive attacker and has continued to be able to maintain composure and leadership when utilized as a defender. Against elite ACAC talent (which included the eventual CCAA National Silver medallist Keyano Huskies), the 2nd year player consistently was one of the main threats for the Lions last year, and was recognized at the end of the season with a Second Team All-Conference award. Fabbi once again looks to be a mainstay and one of Coach Barnett’s main offensive weapons.
Matt Stacey was a steady and committed goalkeeper for the first two seasons of his ACAC career, seeing solid minutes in pressure situations and competing with Conference All-Stars Jason Schmidt and Jared Zimmer in 2015 and 2016 respectively. This pre-season, with the departure of Zimmer, Matt has grown into one of the main pillars of the Lions Men’s squad. He has turned in elite performances and gives his team a chance to win every single night. His leadership qualities both on and off the pitch were recognized when his team nominated him for the captaincy this season.
New to the team Alex Shemetov has been impressive so far and was given a spot on the team after walking on during training camp. Alex has steadily improved early in the season, and will be one to watch come the ACAC Championships.
Lucas Reimer is also back this year, after being unable to play last season. Lucas has come back with a vengeance this season, dazzling defences with his quick feet and vision on the field. A threat every time he enters the attacking half, Lucas will look to solidify his position once again as one of the ACAC futsal elite in March.
While still in the pre-season, impressive play so far has given the team a lot of hope for big things this year. After the New Year, the team will be playing league games every Monday night in the Lion’s Den and would love your support as they look to build unity together as team before their season peak in early March with the ACAC Championships!