VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team and head coach Bruce Wilson are pleased to announce the commitment of 17-year-old forward Rees Goertzen for the 2017-18 season.
The Calgary, Alta. native will join the Vikes after graduation from Mount Douglas Secondary School, where he has played right across the road from UVic for the last year.
“I’m extremely excited to be joining the Vikes for the upcoming season,” said Goertzen. “The program has a very good reputation and I look forward to helping the team win. I know I will learn a lot from Bruce Wilson and Nico Craveiro, as well as from the senior players.”
A former member of the Whitecaps Residency Program, the six-foot-two Goertzen will be looked upon to provide a scoring punch for the Vikes in years to come.
“Rees is a very good prospect, he is a good size and extremely fit,” said Vikes head coach Bruce Wilson. “We look forward to him coming to UVic next year and I think down the road he will be a big impact player for us.
Originally from Calgary, Goertzen starred in his home province before making his way to the West Coast. A member of both the Calgary Foothills SC and Team Alberta from 2012-2015, Goertzen made a huge impact on the national level in 2014.
Winning the Golden Boot as the top-scorer at the 2014 National Championship, he helped his team to a bronze medal finish.
Goertzen spent the past season with the Vancouver Island Wave, where he played under the tutelage of Vike alumnus Dave Ravenhill and Blair Sturrock.
The prospective Bachelor of Arts major is excited about the opportunity to attend university so close to his new home.
“The University of Victoria has so much to offer in terms of different programs and courses, it’s a top university,” said Goertzen. “From going to school across the street, I’m already pretty familiar with the campus. The campus is beautiful and it has everything a student-athlete needs.”
Full Name: Rees Goertzen
Current Age: 17
Height: 6′ 2
Position: Striker/ Winger
Intended major at UVic: Bachelor of Arts
High School: Mount Douglas Secondary School, (Victoria, B.C.)
Hometown: Calgary, Alta.
Previous Teams: Calgary Foothills SC (2012-2015), Team Alberta (2012-2015), Vancouver Whitecaps Residency (2015-2016), Vancouver Island Wave (2017-2018)
Previous Coaches: Burk Kaiser, Tommy Wheeldon Jr., Leon Hapgood (Calgary Foothills SC) Troye Flannery, Shaun Lowther (Team Alberta) Adam Day, Craig Dalrymple (Vancouver Whitecaps Residency) Dave Ravenhill, Blair Sturrock (Vancouver Island Wave)
Individual Awards: 2014 National Championships Golden Boot
Any team awards: 2014 Alberta Provincial Champion, 2014 Bronze Medal at National Championships