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HPU Men’s Soccer Open Tryout

    By Jackson Groves. February 3, 2015 - 12:44 am


The Hawaii Pacific University Men’s Soccer team will be holding an open tryout on Friday, Feb. 6, at Atherton Field at 1 p.m.

Coach Fisher is encouraging HPU students who believe they can play soccer at collegiate level to attend the tryout. All prospective players are required to provide proof of personal health insurance, as well as a medical exam/physical that has been conducted within six months prior to the date of the tryout.

The team had a turbulent season last year with mixed results after a promising start, finishing with an 8-9-1 record. Daniel Haehre, Brais Garcia, Jason Swihart, Olivier Rolland, Mark Thomson, Alexander Berntsen and Guillem Vinas Marin leave a void to be filled after playing their final game as seniors for the HPU Sharks in 2014.

The future looks bright for the Sharks as several freshmen, sophomores and juniors look ready to step up in 2015. Freshman Ruadhri Kenny is ready to make an impact during the upcoming season. Kenny walked on to the team during the fall pre-season after a successful tryout.

The eighteen-year-old from the Houston Texans U-18 Academy said, “I felt kind of jittery, maybe even a little nervous, but determined to make a good impression since I moved 4000 miles just to play here.”

Although he thought his trial didn’t go as well as he had hoped, Kenny was offered a position on the team. He was ineligible for most of last season but believes this season he is prepared to make an impact. “My goals for the upcoming season are to make the All-Conference Team and help the team clinch a spot in the NCAA tournament,” said Kenny.

As someone who knows how hard it is to tryout for a new team, he had some valuable advice for players trying out this year.

Kenny believes the key to a successful trial is, “Give it your all, play simple, play efficiently and make sure you leave the field with absolutely no regrets.”

Photo by Eric Alcantara.