Center midfielder to lead Bruins in junior season

by: GEORGE FOX ATHLETICS - Myles Sorokovsky, a Wilsonville High School alumnus who is currently on the men's soccer team at George Fox University in Newberg, figures to be a key contributor this season as a center midfielder. Sorokovsky was second on the team in scoring last year, logging three goals as a sophomore with the Bruins.George Fox men’s soccer coach Luis Del Rio expects his midfield to be a strong suit this season, and that’s due in part to the presence of Myles Sorokovsky.

The Wilsonville alumnus was second on the team in scoring last year, and he figures to be a key contributor for the Bruins as a center midfielder in his upcoming junior campaign.

“Myles is a hard-nosed, aggressive midfielder with a scorer’s mentality,” Del Rio said in a news release.

Sorokovsky is part of a talented line that also features Cashmere, Wash., product Luke Dickens and former Sherwood player Nick Schoen.

The trio aims to help the Newberg-based program distance itself from a woeful 2012 season in which it won just two of its 19 games and finished in eighth place in the Northwest Conference.

Del Rio said he’s looking forward to significant progress this year with Sorokovsky and 11 other returning players.

“I think we will look totally different this year,” said Del Rio, who won two state championships in three seasons at Woodburn High School before taking the George Fox job. “We have several new skill players with lots of potential to go along with a foundational base that was already here; they have assimilated our team philosophy quickly and are ready to go. We should be much, much better this year, and believe our record will be affected in a positive way.”

George Fox kicked off its season at home Aug. 30 against Lawrence University, which is located in Appleton, Wis. This is the first year since 2008 that the Bruins will play the maximum number of games (20). They open Northwest Conference play Sept. 21 at home against Pacific Lutheran University.

A slate of 14 conference games is on tap for teams in the league, and the regular-season champion will earn an automatic bid to the Division III national tournament.

Accomplishing that lofty goal will likely require valiant performances from Sorokovsky and his fellow midfielders.

“If I had to pick one area of play that I think will be our strength, it would be the offense,” Del Rio said. “We have some talented scorers up front and several good passing midfielders to get the ball to them.”

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