Cougars Return to Collegiate Club Status
The Brigham Young University men’s soccer team has announced that it is returning to the collegiate club ranks for the 2017 season. The move ends 15 seasons of competing in the Premier Development League (PDL).
BYU will join the NIRSA Championship Series and compete in the West Coast Division. The Cougars will play nine regular-season games against such in-state foes as Utah State, Utah, Utah Valley and Weber State. In late October, the regional tournament will be hosted at Utah Valley University with the winner moving on to the national championship in Arizona. Some of the recent national champions include Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio State.
“BYU men’s soccer is excited to return to collegiate club competition,” said head coach Brandon Gilliam. “The Cougars have done well in the PDL, but the program has grown apart from the students since the season was played during the summer months. The move back to collegiate club play will allow the program to reconnect with the student body and make it more connected to Brigham Young University as a whole.”
The team will conduct tryouts on Friday, Sept. 15, ahead of the first game one week later at Utah State. Kickoff between the Aggies and the Cougars is set for 7 p.m.
BYU’s first home game of the 2017 will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at South Field against the University of Utah. Game time is 7 p.m.