MSOC | Kodiaks add speed, size with latest recruits

MSOC | Kodiaks add speed, size with latest recruits

July 21, 2017 – With training camp under a month away, Lethbridge College men’s soccer head coach Sean Carey is proud to announce the signing of three additional recruits to the Kodiaks 2017-18 roster. Carey recently introduced forward JIMMY BUKURU, midfielder BEN KNIGHT and midfielder TAYLOR LAVIOLETTE at a signing event held in the Val Matteotti Gymnasium.

 

JIMMY BUKURU

Carey will be looking to implement a high-tempo offence in his first season back at the helm of the Kodiaks, which is a style ideally suited for Lethbridge native Jimmy Bukuru.

When asked to describe Bukuru as a player, Carey instantly blurted out the word “quick.”

“He’s fast, that’s something that stands out for that boy, he just goes” says Carey. “When he has his head down and is going after plays, he’s scary. He can definitely change a game.”

Born in Burundi, Africa, Bukuru modestly describes himself as a “decent” player just hoping to make an impact in his first season with the Kodiaks. He chose Lethbridge College because it is close to his family and he will take classes working towards a degree in psychology. 

“I got my speed and hopefully I can impact the team really well” says Bukuru. “I am looking forward to the season and school, and just playing and helping the team.”

Carey knows Bukuru’s dynamic athleticism will be a nice compliment to his roster as he tries to steer the Kodiaks back to the ACAC playoffs this season.

“Jimmy is going to give some defences some frights this year,” says Carey. “Especially with what our top line and midfield is looking like this year, it’s going to be very quick and very offensive. He can finish and he knows his defensive responsibilities too. He’s one of those kids you just let go and play.”

Carey continued: “speed is a key in the ACAC. The faster your teams are, generally the more success you have.”

 

BEN KNIGHT

In addition to the speed of Bukuru, Carey has added some size and strength to his midfield with the addition of Ben Knight.

Originally from Manchester, England, Knight has spent the last nine years living in Lethbridge and recently graduated from the University of Lethbridge. While he has attended university, this will be his first season playing soccer at the post-secondary level. Carey says his presence will provide versatility to the Kodiaks roster.

“Ben is strong and big,” says Carey. “He’s a figure on the field that other teams will look at and definitely notice. There’s a bit of aggression to him too. He’s versatile and can play in all positions for us.  He sees the game very well, he reads the game. His distribution is good and he knows when to go and when to stay.”

Knight describes himself as a skilled player who likes to think the game at a high level.

“I’m more of a skilled player, as opposed to an explosive or box-to-box player” describes Knight. “I like to pick a pass and take smart shots from distance. I’m looking forward to just getting on the field, playing as many minutes as possible and hopefully picking up some wins too.”

 

TAYLOR LAVIOLETTE

Joining the Kodiaks from across the river is outside midfielder Taylor Laviolette, who will be transferring from the University of Lethbridge for the 2017-18 season.

Laviolette will add experience and finish to a Kodiaks roster flush with talent on the sides, which will make for interesting position battles in training camp.

“Taylor gets up and down the line good, he’s a good crosser of the ball,can get it to the box and he’s got a bit of a finish to him too,” describes Carey. “Coming over from the university, he has some experience playing at a high level.”

Laviolette, who originally hails from Chilliwack, B.C., describes himself as a “creative player” who likes to drive the ball forward. When asked what he’s looking forward to most next season, he says, “winning some games, playing lots of minutes and hopefully scoring some goals for the team.”

With the latest set of recruits adding plenty of speed, size and experience, Carey is excited for training camp and knows he will have difficult roster decisions to make.

“There’s going to be a big fight for positions this year, especially those spots on the sides,” says Carey. “It’s going to be interesting to see who steps up in training camp and takes the bull by the horn.”

 

Kodiaks Fast Facts

Knight and Laviolette both revealed their favourite pro club is Manchester United, while Bukuru says his favourite is Barcelona, primarily because of Messi… The Kodiaks open the 2017 ACAC regular season at home against Red Deer College on Sept. 9.

 

About the Lethbridge College Kodiaks

Lethbridge College is a member of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) and competes against 16 other member institutions from across Alberta and Saskatchewan. The Kodiaks offer ten men’s and women’s varsity intercollegiate athletics programs, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, futsal, cross country and indoor track. The Kodiaks are proud owners of 57 ACAC championships and 12 national titles.