There is fast, and then there is Loic Benquet fast. The University of Northern British Columbia Men’s Soccer team has added some European flair to the roster, officially announcing the commitment of the French speedster for the 2021 Canada West season.
“UNBC was a very good opportunity for me to play for the Timberwolves. The campus and Steve motivated my choice. I spoke with Steve and we had very good contact. I like his view of things. He sees his team as a family, and I like that. The level of the team is very good, and the team looks fun.”
A native of Cestas, a town in the southwest of France, Benquet is a tremendously dynamic left back who plays with a pace and attacking mindset that makes him dangerous all over the pitch. The captain of his regional team talked about what Timberwolves fans can expect from him when he dons a green and gold UNBC jersey.
“I am very offensive. I think one of the best qualities is to use the through-ball during the match, and my capacity to run a lot during all the match to give possibilities to the centers. I will do my best for the team, and share my French experience with my teammates, and make pleasure for the fans.”
In an unorthodox recruiting season due to COVID 19, coaches were forced to adjust communication and rely on video footage of potential recruits. Simonson suggests his newest TWolf’s tape stood out, as Benquet’s instincts and athleticism jumped off the screen.
“I am very excited to welcome Loic to our squad. Having had several discussions with him and getting to know him better as a player and as a person, I am confident he will be a great fit for our program. He is a truly dynamic left back who brings different experiences to our team. With our current mix, I really think he will be a great asset for us. It’s a good day for UNBC Soccer.”
A product of SAG Cestas under coach Sylvain Achireteguy, Benquet expects there to be a transition to the North American style of play. Standing five-foot-seven, he relies on his vision and experience, and believes those intangibles, along with his speed, will translate well at the Canada West level.
“To see the student life, the soccer atmosphere, and to win matches with the team. I want to see how this is different than in France. I have been playing football since I was six-years-old, and I like it because it is the greatest sport. The strategy and the technique are very important.”
The 20-year-old will arrive in Prince George In August to join his new TWolf teammates for training camp. He will study international business at UNBC, and is ready to continue a soccer journey that began when he was just six-year-old.
“I know it will be a good experience, and it will be very different than in France. I look forward to discovering U SPORTS. I hope to gain the confidence of the coach and my teammates and I hope to bring my French championship experience. I want to discover the particularity of the championship and compare it the French championship. I want to discover my teammates and my coach.”