Men's Soccer 2018-2019 Season Recap

Men's Soccer 2018-2019 Season Recap

Playoff finish: Canada West Prairie Tied for fifth  

Regular season - 5/8/1

Shots per game: 8.9

Goals per game: 1.29

Team Leaders

Goals: Orest Ndabaneze, 5

Assists: Moe El Gandour, 4

Points: Moe El Gandour and Orest Ndabaneze, 6


Finishing fourth in their conference the Cougars secured a playoff spot however, they were unable to move past their first game.

They have qualified for playoffs four years in a row and with the same core group of players returning next year it is highly probable that next season they will make playoffs again. The men's soccer team finished the season with five wins, eight losses and one draw.

This season the team was fortunate to have Moe El Gandour on the team, who in his first year with the team, was tied for points with second year Orest Ndabaneze. The Calgary native is currently studying business at Mount Royal. When asked to describe El Gandour head coach Ryan Gyaki said, "Moe brings pace and excitement to the game that not a lot of players can do; the league is lucky to have him. We're really excited to see him next year and when that guy is in his fifth year he's going to be an even more dynamic player and will help us a lot."

The men's soccer team was fortunate to have two players named to the second all-star team.

El Gandour led the Cougars with two goals and four assists for a total of six points, which co-led the team. It's the highest point total a Mount Royal rookie has had  since 2016 and El Gandour becomes just the third rookie alongside Cody Cook (2012), and Orest Ndabaneze (2017) to lead the team in points.

Another key contributor was Daniel Harrison who can be described in one word as consistent. Head coach Ryan Gyaki explained "He's going to battle, he's going to be desperate to win, he's going to be the guy who makes the last ditch goal line clearance, he's the guy you can count on for a big clearance and you can just simply count on him." During Cougar Night he was also named the MVP of the team.