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Stars Align For Men's Soccer's Recent GVC Zodiac Signing

After qualifying for their first conference championship in six years last season, the CMU Men's Soccer team is in the recruiting stages of their quest of taking the 2016 season one step further. One piece of that puzzle will be newly signed Garden Valley Collegiate striker, Waldemar Preis.

Preis helped the Zodiacs to a second-place finish at the 2015 Manitoba High School Rural Provincial Soccer Championships last October, leading his team with 12 goals scored and claiming their second zone championship in the process. Garden Valley has won two zone championships during Preis' run with the team, 2013 and 2015.

"Waldy plays with a lot of passion and is driven to continue to improve," said CMU head coach Russell Willms, "There has been a steady improvement overall of technical abilities of our Manitoba rural players, but even more, their sense of teamwork when they attack and defend as a unit. These are things that are very important to us at CMU too, so I think that Waldy will transition into a solid player here."

Preis was recognized as a member of the 2015 MHSAA Provincial All-star team for his performance in his graduating season and was a team captain for his Winkler, Manitoba high school.

"When you think of players to lead the line of attack, you think about speed and confidence to finish chances that are created by the players behind the striker," added Willms, "Waldy possesses both of those abilities."

The recently released MCAC Men's Soccer schedule will see the Blazers travel to Providence University College on September 10th to kick-off the campaign against the Pilots before returning to the newly named Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex to host the Red River Rebels on September 11th in their home opener.

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