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By Sean Maraj
VICTORIA, B.C. The best of the best. The Mustang men's soccer team are national champions and two players, as well as the team's coach were honoured by the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union Friday night at a ceremony held in Victoria, B.C..
Receiving honours as CIAU first team all-stars were Mustang defender and co-captain Mike Potts as well as midfielder Alan Hume, a major part of Western's offence. Perhaps the highest award, however, was given to Western head coach Rock Basacco, who was named CIAU head coach of the year.
Mike Potts said he was happy to win the award, but attributed it to the effort of the players around him. Potts, one of the team's most vocal leaders, has garnered praise not only from the CIAU, but also from opposing coaches.
"Mike Potts is definitely a tremendous leader," Wilfrid Laurier University head coach Barry Maclean said of Potts' impact on the field. "He is the anchor of their defence and he is the glue that holds the team together. He's very worthy of the honour."
Alan Hume, a major part of Western's success in recent years, pointed to his teammates as a major factor in his accomplishments thus far. "[The award] was a good surprise, a lot of that reflected on my teammates," Hume said. "You can't do well without the other guys."
Maclean also praised the decision to name Hume to the all-star team and pointed out his skill as an offensive player. "Hume is an offensive threat and he's a danger anytime he's on the field," Maclean said.
Basacco said while he was thrilled to receive the award for coach of the year, he was much happier to see some of the players on his team were recognized. "It's nice to be acknowledged it's even more great when players on the team get the respect they deserve," he said.
Maclean approved of Basacco winning the award and said the Western coach was very deserving of such an acclaim. "It's a worthy decision he's won two national titles and four provincial titles."