Campus Life

Horns men's soccer program adds strong recruits

The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men’s soccer team is pleased to announce four new additions to the 2014 Canada West roster.

After adding three local products earlier this offseason, the ‘Horns are also excited to introduce midfielders Allan Siwella, Franco Crnkovic, Sean Gaiskey and defender Blake Pipke.

Siwella, who was with the program last year but missed the entire season due to injury, joins the ‘Horns with a solid resume, being named a Canadian College All-Canadian while a member of the Medicine Hat Rattlers.

“Allan will bring some tremendous attack skills and leadership to the program,” says head coach Randy Bardock. “He has been playing with the AMSL (Lethbridge FC) team throughout the summer and is really starting to regain his previous form.”

Fellow midfielder, Crnkovic, comes to the ‘Horns from Calgary and the Villains club program.

“Franco brings an outstanding work ethic that stands out as soon as you watch him play,” says Bardock. “He brings a unique skill set that will be important for us as we needed to get better at the outside midfield position.”

Another Calgary product, Pipke, joins the ‘Horns via the Calgary Foothills program. The 6’1” defender will add versatility to the ‘Horns backline next season.

“Blake is a fantastic all-around defender and is a huge addition for us,” says Bardock. “His addition will give us a great deal of flexibility at the back next season.”

Gaiskey, a central midfielder, is a product of the Whitecaps Academy, and comes to the ‘Horns from Prince George, BC.

“Sean was recognized by the coaches for his attitude and work ethic, which has allowed him to grow tremendously as a player,” says Bardock. “Each of these four players come from high quality programs where they have been leaders on and off the field. We are extremely excited to be adding these four players to the program.”

Bardock looks to round out the program's recruiting class in the coming weeks and the ‘Horns will open the Canada West season Sept. 12 in Winnipeg versus the Winnipeg Wesmen.