Khanna commits to Vikes soccer

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April 17, 2014, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes are pleased to announce the commitment of 18-year-old Victoria native Jyotish Khanna to the Vikes men’s soccer program for the 2014-15 season.

The five-foot-eleven striker is no stranger to Victoria’s soccer scene, having been involved with Glenlyon Norfolk and Highlanders soccer programs in recent years.

“We’re very pleased that Jyotish has agreed to join our team next season,” said Vikes head coach Bruce Wilson. “He’s shown to our coaching staff and myself that he can play at this level and we’re very happy that he has committed to our squad. I have a feeling he’s going to score a lot of goals over the next five years for us and I can see him being an All-Star in this league.”

Khanna’s abilities at the forward position are evident, having earned the Provincial ‘A’ Golden Boot in 2013 as the tournaments leading scorer after registering 12 goals in five games. The striker also earned the Golden Boot during the 2013-14 Vancouver Island Soccer League season after posting 15 goals in 16 games.

Khanna is no stranger to championships, having won three consecutive provincial titles with Glenlyon from 2011-2013. He has also experienced a run to the Provincial Cup in the U-21 division and made two appearances in the Times Colonist Cup final. Khanna has supplemented his high school playing career with additional training through Victoria Highlanders FC’s Youth Academy programs.

“I want to come to UVic because it has a historically great soccer program,” explains Khanna. “I know a lot of the guys currently on the team, and I am excited for what we can accomplish. I believe we can be an incredibly competitive CIS team. I also am excited to get to work with Bruce Wilson, who is truly one of Canadian soccer’s biggest legends.”

Khanna’s addition to the squad will compliment current Vikes and Canada West All-stars Cam Hundal, Cameron Stokes and Craig Gorman, who have shouldered the Vikes offensive duties in recent seasons. His addition also adds a touch of youth to a current roster that graduated five players following the 2013-14 season.

“We are hoping Jyotish grows into his role as a center forward,” added Wilson. “We are looking forward to him joining our team that is for sure. He has trained a few times with us and he fits in very well. How much time he gets this coming year will depend on him and how he does in preseason.”

Wilson and the Vikes will welcome Khanna to the Vikes fold for the upcoming varsity season as they aim for their sixth CIS championship title.


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