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Men’s Soccer Scores Productive Waterloo Striker

The countdown is on to the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference's 2020 kickoff and with their first matches being just over a month away, CMU has received the commitment of Waterloo United u18 striker Tim Shantz. Described by his club coach, Rafael Amaya as a "motivated and hard-working young man", Shantz led his "A" class youth team in goal productivity last season and will bring his speed, dribbling ability and confident finishing skills to Manitoba in 2020.

"I regularly play TIm in any of the forward positions," said Amaya, who's 13 year professional playing career in El Salvador came to a close in 1998 and has been in Canada coaching with Waterloo United since 2012. "Tim can easily adapt to any side of the field but I have favoured playing him mostly as a center forward. He can shoot the ball with both feet, he is fast and is an excellent dribbler and he confident in the area."

Amaya also noted that Shantz, who is a recent graduate of Waterloo's Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, is a player that others enjoy playing alongside. "For me, Tim is an attentive listener, he supports his coaches and teammates over 90 minutes and another important strength is his 'never give up' mentality."

The MCAC announced themselves as one of only two conferences in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), pushing forward with plans to compete in 2020 seasons. Joining Quebec's RSEQ, the MCAC is due to kickoff on the weekend of September 12-13 in a reduced 8-game regular season format with the annual Championship Final Four taking place on October 31 and November 1.

The Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference was officially accepted into the CCAA in the summer of 2018. Fall 2021 will mark the inaugural year of the MCAC's full inclusion in CCAA National Championships. Shantz hails from a province that has become the preverbial powerhouse of the CCAA in recent years. The 2018 National Championship was won by Ontario's Humber Hawks while the Durham Lords captured their first-ever CCAA national championship in men's soccer last Fall.




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