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Kodiaks men’s soccer sign two local LFC products

By Lethbridge Herald on June 16, 2021.

The Lethbridge College Kodiaks men’s soccer team didn’t have to look too far to land their newest recruits.

On Tuesday, the Kodiaks announced the commitments of Lethbridge Football Club products Charlie Block and Vincent Dyck.

The newest Kodiaks are both set to graduate from Chinook High School and both play centre midfield.

As well, Block and Dyck were most recently teammates with the Vancouver Whitecaps ‘Caps 2 College Academy in Lethbridge, a development program run by head coach Sam Heap.

The Kodiakss midfield has been a source of strength in recent seasons, led by 2019 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference men’s soccer player of the year Ben Knight, who will return this fall.

Kodiaks head coach Sean Carey said he’ll be looking for Block and Dyck to push the veteran players for playing time this fall with the 2021 ACAC approaching.

“Charlie, he’s a central midfielder with a lot of skill,” said Carey in a release. “He’s got a lot of vision. He’s a big game player, so I think that having him alongside Ben Knight and having Ben kind of coax him along will get him to that next level. I think Ben will be fantastic for him in the middle of the park, talking to him and developing him as a player.

“I do see Charlie being a starting player for the Kodiaks over time here, so I hope he can come in and be ready in the fall and really push our other central guys.”

Block says he’s excited to stay close to home.

“It means a lot to join the Kodiaks,” said Block, who will be taking electrician and business courses with the hopes of starting his own electrician business down the road. “It’s obviously nice they made it to nationals [in 2019], that’s a pretty big achievement. I’ve also heard the bus rides are pretty crazy. We just had a Zoom meeting with the team the other night and a lot of the players were actually talking about how fun the bus rides are, so I’m definitely looking forward to that.”

Dyck brings tenacity and a strong, hard work ethic, said Carey.

“He’s a guy that won’t let you down no matter where you put him. He likes to see the ball and he wants to move it quick, and that’s what we’re going to be about. He is another one that fits the mould of what we want.”

Dyck credited the C2C program with helping him bolster his skills both on-and-off the pitch, ultimately helping him achieve his goal of playing collegiate soccer.

“The Cap’s to College program definitely helped with the soccer IQ side of everything,” said Dyck, who has enrolled in the business administration program. “On-field and off-the-field as well, just all-around building you as a good player with good habits and good skills.”

The ACAC has been granted approval to draft schedules and commence preparations for the delivery of a 2021-22 post-secondary athletics season.

Further information will be announced as planning evolves.

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