CAPERS Soccer stars take home AUS MVP Titles

Atlantic University Sport (AUS) 2014 women's and men’s soccer all-stars and major award winners as selected by the conference's 10 head coaches following regular season play at Thursday night's awards banquet, hosted in Halifax by Dalhousie University.

Fourth-year Cape Breton Capers striker Karolyne Blain was named the AUS most valuable player for women’s soccer for the second consecutive year, second-year Cape Breton Capers striker Justin Maheu was named the AUS most valuable player for men’s soccer and Cape Breton head coach Dean Morley took home the AUS coach of the year award in his first year as head coach of the men’s Capers.

AUS MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Karolyne Blain, Cape Breton

Karolyne Blain, a fourth-year striker with the Cape Breton Capers, is the 2014 AUS women’s soccer most valuable player.

The 5-foot-0 native of Copper Cliff, Ont. scored a league-leading 16 goals this season giving her an unofficial AUS single-season record, eclipsing the previous mark of 15 held by UPEI’s Tessa Roach.

Blain led the Atlantic conference in several other statistical categories this season, including shots (53), shots on goal (39) and successful penalty kicks (3/3). She also finished tied for first in game-winning goals with four.

Thursday evening’s banquet also marked the third time in Blain’s Capers career that she has been named to the AUS first-team all-star squad. She was named a first team all-star in both 2011 and 2013 after having been forced to sit out the bulk of her sophomore season in 2012 with an injury.

Last season, Blain was named a CIS first team all-Canadian. In her freshman year with the Capers in 2011, she collected both AUS rookie of the year honours and a spot on the CIS second team all-Canadian squad.

She currently has 43 career regular season goals.

“Karolyne has been a pleasure to coach.” said Capers head coach Ness Timmons. “Her contribution to the CBU program is obvious on the score board, but her character as a person will have a more lasting effect on her teammates. She is a terrific team leader and teammate.”

Blain is the fourth Cape Breton player since 1991 to be named the conference’s most valuable player and the only member of a Capers squad to ever earn the honour twice.
Former Capers stars Kristina Weatherbie (2007), Natalie Cullen (2003) and Sarah Drake (2002) are also previous Cape Breton recipients of the award.

Defender – Robyn Novorolsky, (2nd year – Richmond Hill, Ont.) an d Defender – Tamara Brown, (2nd year – Whitby, Ont.) were also named second team all-stars.

AUS MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Justin Maheu, Cape Breton

Justin Maheu, a second-year striker with the CIS No. 9-ranked Cape Breton Capers has been named the Atlantic University Sport men’s soccer most valuable player.
Maheu, who led the league and was second in the country in goals this season with 15, was also honoured Thursday as an AUS first team all-star.

The striker from Ottawa, Ont. posted three hat tricks this season and scored four game-winning goals for the Capers. He led the Atlantic conference in shots with 53 and was second in shots on goal with 29.

In addition to his athletic prowess, Maheu also excels in the classroom. He was named an academic all-Canadian following his first season with the Capers.

“Justin is a pleasure to work with on the training ground,” said Capers head coach Dean Morley. “He is a competitive athlete and the drive, passion and determination that he has demonstrated during game time can be found Monday to Friday during practice. His continuous movement and willingness to exploit defences in behind, combined with his pace and strength, make him a handful for any defender. The work he has put in during the off-season and his desire to continually want to improve make him a great man to work with.”

This is the sixth time a Cape Breton player has been honoured with the AUS most valuable player award.

Maheu will now represent the Atlantic conference as the league's nominee for the Joe Johnson Memorial Trophy as the CIS player of the year.

Midfielder – Sandro Rajkovic,(4th year – Hamilton, Ont.) and Midfielder – Ian Greedy, Cape Breton (5th year – Lower Sackville, N.S.) were also named first team all-stars, with Defender – Zak Riley, (2nd year – Liverpool, England) being named a second team all-star.

AUS COACH OF THE YEAR: Dean Morley, Cape Breton

Head coach Dean Morley of the CIS No. 9-ranked Cape Breton Capers has been selected by his peers as the 2014 AUS men's soccer coach of the year.

Earning the award in his very first season at the helm of the Capers program, Morley led his squad to an 8-4-1 regular season record and second place in the AUS standings.

Prior to taking over as head coach this season, Morley served as lead assistant coach to the team for a decade and played an important role in helping those Capers teams capture three AUS titles (2007, 2009, 2012) and CIS bronze (2011) and silver (2012) at the national men's soccer championship.

Morley’s extensive history with the Capers also dates back his playing days when he was named an AUS first team all-star as a student-athlete.

This season, Morley’s Capers squad led the conference in goals with 35 and in shots with 211. They allowed the third fewest goals against with just 14 in 13 regular season games.

"We are very pleased to see Dean recognized as AUS coach of the year," said Cape Breton director of athletics John Ryan. "It is a compliment to his work ethic and effort to be recognized by his peers in his first season. Dean’s teams come to compete every game and he has worked hard to earn the respect of the student-athletes and his peers across the CIS with his team-first mentality."

Morley now becomes the AUS nominee for CIS coach of the year. UNB’s Miles Pinsent is the most recent coach from the Atlantic conference to earn the honour. He was named CIS coach of the year in 2012.