By Greg Sakaki - Nanaimo News Bulletin
The Vancouver Island University Mariners were very good last year; in fact, they were the best.
They know they’re going to be very good again this year and they’ll strive to remain the best.
The university’s men’s soccer team, defending champions of the Canadian Colleges’ Athletic Association, is hard at work this fall in advance of a new season.
A lot of the key players are back, and this time they’re armed with the knowledge of what it takes to be national champions.
“We try to treat it as a whole new year – we have some new players,” said Bill Merriman. “But we do talk to them about what helped us get to where we got.”