A number of players from WSA Winnipeg have departed the city to join their respective Universities for the fall.
We wish all of them the best of luck at school and look forward to their return for the 2018 PDL season.
Kyle Hiebert – Missouri State University:
The reigning Manitoba Men’s Player of the Year, Hiebert returns to the Bears with a clean bill of health and a strong season leading the WSA Winnipeg backline.
He started all 13 PDL games he played in, as Winnipeg averaged over one less goal against per game over last season.
Redshirting in 2016 due to injury, Hiebert started in Missouri’s 2017 season opening loss to Air Force (1-0).
Daniel Sagno – San Diego State University:
Sagno returns to California for his second season after making his PDL debut with WSA Winnipeg this summer.
He scored the Wolfpack’s first goal of the season against Chicago and went on to add one more and two assists in ten appearances.
The Aztecs got an early start to their season in August, Sagno has made two starts chipping in an assist
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Ivan Borka – University of Alberta:
Ivan Borka transferred to the defending national champion Golden Bears after four seasons in the NCAA with Drury University.
The switch allows the veteran midfielder to continue playing university soccer while also finishing his studies.
He made his first appearance in a 5-0 win over Calgary on August 27.
Tobias Hyrich Krueger – University of Saskatchewan:
A mainstay in the Wolfpack’s last three seasons, Hyrich-Krueger was lured to Saskatoon after the University of Winnipeg suspended its men’s soccer team for the 2017 season.
He started both season opening wins for the Huskies in a back to back against Lethbridge.
Injuries limited the speedy winger to 8 PDL appearances in 2017, adding two assists.
Joshua Dielmann – University of Saskatchewan:
Another transfer from the U of W, the 6-5 keeper Dielmann is the future of a Huskies team with their other goalies in their final years of eligibility.
Dielmann is coming off his first PDL season with the Wolfpack, he won his first career start, 5-2 against the St. Louis Lions.
Zachary Toupin – Queen’s University:
The captain of Team Manitoba at the 2017 Canada Games, Toupin committed to Queen’s in Kingston, Ontario for his Freshman season.
He spent the summer with WSA Winnipeg’s MMSL team and will look to crack into the PDL side in 2018.
Evan Barker – University of New Brunswick:
Last year’s conference rookie of the year, Barker was a big reason for WSA Winnipeg’s strong season in the PDL this summer.
At one point leading the league in saves, Barker was called upon to represent Canada at the 2017 Universiade in Taipei.
He returns to a national championship contender in the Varsity Reds where he will once again be their number one goalie this season.
Caelan Budhoo – Cape Breton University:
A central midfielder turned left-back for WSA in 2017, Budhoo will move back into the middle for the national semi-finalist Capers this fall.
Known for his skills on the ball and playmaking ability, Budhoo was also integral in Winnipeg’s improved defence during the PDL season.
Cape Breton begins the season on Sept. 2.