Carson Murray, a keeper from Kelowna elects to stay home for the UBC Okanagan Heat men’s soccer's second foray in Canada West
KELOWNA, B.C. – After shepherding his team to an impressive run to the playoffs in their first season in Canada West, Heat men’s soccer coach Dante Zanatta has already taken to his offseason work by netting a future net-minder in Kelowna Secondary’s Carson Murray, who will join the program in the fall for the 2015 season.
The homegrown story of Murray’s athletic path began when he started playing youth soccer in Rutland. He would go on to play for Kelowna United a year underage before switching leagues to the BCSPL on the Super Y Thompson Okanagan FC., with whom he would play five years.
He was thirteen years old when coach Zanatta first met him back when the latter was working for BC Soccer. “We have stayed in touch ever since and I have trained with Dante on several occasions,” he said of his new coach. Their connection also extends to coaching, as Murray has worked along Zanatta at the International Soccer Camp the last few years throughout the summer at the Nonis Sports Field.
“Carson has the tools to be a stand out in the CIS,” states head coach Dante Zanatta and “we have been very interested in Carson since I have been at UBCO and are extremely happy that he committed to us.” Adding that he and his staff “look forward in working with him and helping him reach his full potential.”
“Carson is a very coachable player,” listing an important facet of Murray’s makeup that will help him reach that potential. “[Carson is] very athletic and willing to push to the next level, [he is] very good with his feet and that is very important in our style of play.”
The 6-0, 190 lbs Murray will bring a bevy of leadership and tactical ability despite his young age, which will serve him well in the net. “I am [also] good at shot stopping and distribution out of the back,” he said.
A multi-sport athlete by trade, having been a Provincials medalist in volleyball alongside his exploits on the pitch, he is eager to focus on soccer when coming to UBC Okanagan to play for the Heat.
“At this point I am very excited for the jump to University,” Murray said. “UBCO had a fantastic first season in the CIS. I have had the chance to train with the boys during the offseason and have known some of the players who have played in the BCSPL. I am eager to join the team.”
Murray will enroll in a Bachelor of Arts program at UBC Okanagan, excited also to explore his possible academic paths. “UBC Okanagan has a wide variety of courses to choose from,” he said.
He recognizes that the transition to CIS soccer will be tough, but is more than up to the challenge that the team’s second season in Canada West will bring. “I am very excited for the upcoming season with the boys and I hope to make a great impact on the team.”
Watch Murray and the rest of the Heat men’s soccer team when they return to action next September. Check back at goheat.ca for schedule updates.