Over the past two season’s, George Brown Soccer’s Robert Mijackovic has accomplished more than many do over the course of their collegiate careers.
The 6’2” defender stepped in last year and immediately made a major impact for a team that was among Ontario’s toughest on the defensive side of the ball. Mijackovic was a core piece of a Huskies team that allowed just thirteen regular season goals, among the lowest marks in the province.
“From the first time I stepped onto the field with the boys there was an immediate bond formed,” said Mijackovic. “I have made some friendships that will last forever. The program really welcomed me in with open arms, and I felt as though we were one big family right off the bat.”
At season’s end, Mijackovic was named George Brown's Rookie of the Year, an honour that even he was caught off-guard by.
“Winning Rookie of the Year was an amazing achievement in my life. It was somewhat of a surprise because we have so many amazing athletes in this program, but none the less I was very excited.”
Head Coach John Williams has seen great progress from a player he now views as a clear centrepiece going forward.
“Rob continues to grow into a leadership role with our team, he’s definitely improved by leaps and bounds in terms of confidence and his ability to manage the game,” said Williams. “So long as he continues to get physically stronger, he’s going to be a major part of our team. Rob and Steve Efstathiadis were huge for us on the back-line all season”
This season ended in incredible fashion, with the Indoor team capturing a gold medal at the Provincial Championship after winning a bronze in the Outdoor season. Mijackovic was named to the Championship All-Star team, a major reason the Huskies allowed just three goals over three days. In the absence of star Jesse Oliver, he more than stepped up and filled the gap.
“Winning gold is something that I will remember forever,” said Mijackovic. “Being named to the provincial all-star team is another lifelong memory. With both achievements, I am very excited and am hoping to win some more in the future. Without my teammates though, none of this would be possible.”
The Huskies Men’s Soccer program looks to be in great position, as the vast majority of the roster is set to return. Coming off such an incredible run, the future looks bright.
As Mijackovic puts it, “Next season I see more gold!”