One of the nation's most consistent men's soccer programs has returned to practice this August. Coach Jason Weides' Bulldogs are aiming to make amends for how 2019 ended.
The outcome seemed to be something of a foregone conclusion - Concordia vs. a program it hadn't beaten since 1998. Except something wild happened and the Bulldogs celebrated a title.
Head coach Jason Weides likens this to situation to simply having an extended period of summer. The onus is on the players to get better individually as they prepare for the 2020 season.
While the Bulldogs came up shy of their aim to win a GPAC title, they put 10 wins on the board and set the program up for potential future success. Many key performers will return in 2020.
A member of a GPAC tournament championship team, Toby Down recently experienced another high. His Tai Po FC professional team celebrated a Hong Kong Premier League title this May.
With two senior captains having graduated, the Bulldogs are in the process of filling a leadership void. That was part of the focus this spring as head coach Jason Weides prepared his program for the 2019 season.
It was an entertaining season to be sure. Seven games went to overtime (12 total overtime periods) in a campaign that once again proved Concordia capable of competing with the best.
After letting go of a career in graphic design, Jason Weides has taken the Concordia men's soccer program to places it has never been before. Now in his 11th season, Weides has reached the 100-win mark.
On the brink of 100 career wins, Jason Weides begins his 11th season as head coach of a men's soccer program that has been a model of consistency. Stars such as Jack Bennett and Carlos Ferrer are back in the fold.
Five members of the standard setting 2017 Concordia men's soccer team spent the summer tearing it up with the Bugeaters FC, a newly formed United Premier Soccer League squad in Lincoln.