A handful for opposing defences, Everett Orgnero shattered the MacEwan record for most goals in a Canada West campaign with eight. Orgnero is a graduate and alumni of the Pacific Elite Soccer Institute.
This past USports CanadaWest season he earned some recognition from the conference, selected as one of 11 players to the 2018 Canada West men's soccer All-Rookie team.
It's the first time in program history MacEwan has had a player earn a conference season award – a testament to not only Orgnero's great season but also the time, dedication and discipline Orgnero put into preparing for his collegiate career with PESI.
"It's a fantastic achievement," said PESI Managing Director and Head Coach Thomas Niendorf. "It shows we are taking the necessary steps towards preparing players for the next opportunity. Whether that be in the professional ranks, or with Colleges and Universities. Orgnero is a technically strong player and we are very proud of this honour he has received."
Orgnero didn't score his first goal of the season until the Griffins' sixth game, but he was unconscious down the stretch, scoring five goals in a four-game span – including against three playoff teams – and finished with eight. That doubled the previous program Canada West record of four, twice reached by former student-athlete Lahai Mansaray.
"He had a great season," said Griffins Head Coach Adam Loga. "He found his groove and kind of rode a wave mid-season on. I think it's important to note, too, that he came in with a sense of maturity that a lot of young players don't have because he is fairly well-travelled for a young player. The home sickness, moving cities, didn't faze him.
"He was great for us," said Loga. "I think this was an important season for him. He has aspirations to play at a higher level. Coming into the university level and this conference, in particular, he challenged himself and he set personal goals for himself and he met them.
"I think he's got to keep working, he's got to stay humble and there's a bright future for him ahead."
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Jefferson Hagen, MacEwan Athletics