By Lethbridge Herald on November 24, 2015.
Nico Pasquotti was the best player in men’s college soccer this season. Pasquotti, the former Catholic Central star quarterback, was named Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association player of the year earlier this month in Quebec. Pasquotti made the trip to accept his award after a season which saw the Kodiaks finish in first place in the ACAC South Division before a 1-0 loss to Keyano College in the provincial playoff final. Pasquotti scored 19 goals in an 8-1-1 regular season. He was named to the Alberta College Athletic Conference all-star team and was the ACAC player of the year. He’s the first Kodiak to win the national MVP trophy.
“I can’t take all the credit,” Pasquotti said Monday at the college. “It was thanks a lot to my team. They helped me out and my coach (Mike Racz) was great. So you have to give huge props to them.”
Pasquotti, Peter Ntignee and defender Taylor Jetten all made the provincial all-star team. Still, Pasquotti scored 19 goals in 10 games as he and Ntignee combined to help the Kodiaks record 47 goals, an all-time high for the school.
“This year was more or less the team coming together,” said Pasquotti. “Our goal was to win the ACAC. We didn’t do that, but we did have great team chemistry and a great atmosphere to be in.”
The support came from all quarters, said Pasquotti.
“It feels good to know you have support from your school and from the students at your school as well,” he said. “Throughout the whole season that’s always the way it was. Everyone was saying ‘Good luck’ or ‘You guys did well on the weekend, good luck going forward.’”
With his Kodiaks days over, Pasquotti is keeping his options open.
“I’m looking to go to the next level, wherever that may be. It’s too early to decide.”
But he’ll look back fondly on the close 2015 Kodiaks team.
“Everyone on our team was so tight and our chemistry was really good and that was probably the main thing I’ll take away from this year, how fun and how good it was to bond with the team.”
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