Jackson, Tenn. - 10/3/2002 - The Union University soccer program has a diverse group of players from all over the world to join with the much improved soccer players of the United States. However, none have contributed more that the group of players from Canada. Currently, there are five players on the roster from British Columbia, Canada.
The group of five is made up of seniors Jeff Lean and Adrian Yeung, junior Kyle McDiarmid, sophomore Daniel Lee, and freshman Chris Lean. Jeff Lean, Yeung, and McDiarmid serve as the team captains for the 2002 Bulldogs. Union’s head coach, Dr. Darin White says of these guys, “The young men from British Columbia that have played for our program over the last four years have been the primary building blocks that have allowed us to construct a nationally recognized program in a relatively short amount of time.” White goes on to say, “The three young men that are serving as captains for our squad this season are providing fantastic leadership as we strive to win our first ever conference championship.”
Numerous honors have been earned by these players to show their achievements and contributions to the program. All toll, this group has earned 12 post season honors in the TranSouth Conference, National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Seniors Jeff Lean and Adrian Yeung are responsible for all 12 of these honors. Jeff Lean has earned two all-conference selections, one NAIA all-region and All-American, two NCCAA all-region and three NCCAA All-American selections. Yeung has accumulated two all-conference honors and on NCCAA all-region selection.
Yeung leads the Bulldogs in assists with eight and has four goals to go along. His 25 total points puts him third on the team in that category. Jeff Lean has been battling a leg injury this season but looks to return soon to resume his place as one of the top goalies in the conference. McDiarmid has played solid this season in Union’s midfield and has a goal and assists this season. Lee has earned a starting role in only his sophomore season in Union’s backfield and has played great defense for the Bulldogs. Freshman goal keeper Chris Lean, the younger brother of senior goalie Jeff Lean, is red-shirting this year for Union. This sets up the opportunity for the Bulldogs to have eight straight years of Lean goal keepers.
The older of these guys have added a great deal of leadership on and off the field. Now with a few younger British Columbia players, they will have the opportunity to show their abilities and continue the new tradition of outstanding Canadian soccer players to roam the Union University soccer field.
Pictured below are Union's team captains for 2002. Each are from British Colubmia, Canada. From left to right; Kyle McDiarmid, Jeff Lean, and Adrian Yeung.)
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