Jackson, Tenn. - 7/24/2003 - Two Union University soccer players have enjoyed success during this past off season as they have been playing in summer tournaments. Senior captain Kyle McDiarmid of British Columbia, Canada and junior captain Clovis Simas of Rio, Brazil each played large rolls in their teams’ championships.
McDiarmid played for the Canadian Men’s team in the British Columbia World Cup of Soccer. His penalty kick goal in overtime helped lead his team to an overtime win against Scotland to earn the championship. McDiarmid has been a starting midfielder for Union in each of his three seasons as a Bulldog. He was a big part in leading Union to their first ever TranSouth Tournament Championship game in 2001. That season, Union finished runner-up in the conference to Berry College.
Simas, also a starting midfielder, will be a junior this season for the Bulldogs. Simas has just recently played in the USSF Futsal National Championship in Anaheim, California. In the men’s open division, Simas helped lead his team to the national championship. In the five games played in the tournament, he tallied seven total goals. Simas joined Union last season as a sophomore and started every game for the Bulldogs. He recorded nine goals, nine assists, and 27 total points, each of which was good enough for second on Union’s squad last season.
Union head coach, Dr. Darin White is exited about their off-seasons and hopes their success and leadership will transfer to Union’s upcoming season. Both of these players have been named team captains for the 2003 year. Their leadership will be greatly needed as Union will have 16 freshmen joining the team this season. Coach White believes that this is his best recruiting class at Union in terms of the number of talented players he’s brought in.
Some high expectations await this new look Bulldog soccer squad. With only two seniors, and three juniors, a lot will be cast on young players to help Union compete in the TranSouth in hopes of earning a spot in the NAIA post season tournaments.
Union will play an exhibition game on August 22 at home versus the Memphis United Men’s team at 7:00 p.m. The Bulldogs’ season opener will be August 25 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas versus Ouachita Baptist University at 2:00 p.m. Union’s home opener will be September 5 at 4:30 p.m. versus Brewton-Parker College.
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