Class of 2015
- Created: Tuesday, 21 April 2015 12:25
As the fourth year of the TSS FC girls program came to a close, the grade 12 girls from TSS Black finalized their university plans for next year. As it stands, 13 players from the TSS FC program are heading off to play university level soccer for a variety of different schools, with only a couple of remaining players still finalizing plans.
“I’m very pleased for all these players,” says head instructor and TSS FC Girls Director, Brendan Quarry. “Many of these players have been at TSS for a number of years, even before the elite program started, participating in the weekend academy and numerous summer teams. It’s great to see them prepare for the next phase in their soccer lives.”
Last year saw similar success with 12 TSS players securing places on university and college teams. Many of those players will return to TSS this spring/summer to play for the academy's alumni team in the MWSL Spring League.
With more and more TSS players making their way to the Maritimes, Charlotte Sampson of West Vancouver will join two other North Shore TSS Alumni at the University of New Brunswick this fall. The UNB Reds finished first in their division for 2014 and hope to secure a spot at Nationals in 2015. Other players leaving Western Canada include Gagan Parhar of Surrey who will join Wilfred Laurier University Hawks. Laurier has a number of very strong TSS Alumni currently on the roster, and Parhar will be no exception. She spent 3 years playing for TSS Black and made a lasting impression on the academy. Emily Kasa of Vancouver will be heading to the University of Toronto Blues and Dani McCardell of Tsawwassen will be playing for the Carleton University Ravens. McGill University took the largest number of TSS Recruits by signing Mary Jardin of Richmond, Celeste Bain of New Westminster, and Tia Lore of Richmond.
“McGill has formed a strong relationship with TSS Academy over the last few years," says McGill Head Coach Jose Valdes. “We are looking for technical players capable of making the right decision in high pressure situations. We’ve been able to find these players at TSS. Over the years, I’ve attended several of their practices and you can see how they educate their players in their program to reach each player’s potential. We know we will keep finding TSS players for our program in the future.”
Other players will stay in Western Canada for their post-secondary years. The University of Regina saw their first TSS recruits in TSS goalkeeper Savannah Williams and winger Kirsten Finley, both from Surrey. Brooke Schlossarek and Jenna Ryan of Delta will join the Langara College Falcons where a number of TSS alumni have played in years past. Maya Andersen of North Vancouver will play for Quest University Kermodes and Brittney Zacharuk of Delta will join a number of TSS Alumni at the University of Fraser Valley.
"We're excited to have recruited a couple of strong TSS players this year," says University of Regina Cougars Head Coach Bob Maltman. "I started coming out to TSS 2 years ago and was impressed by the professionalism of the program and the players being produced. What stands out at the academy is the mentality toward training and competing and the desire to continually improve. I also appreciate the honest feedback on players that I receive from the coaching staff."
"Players from the TSS Elite girls program continue to prove that hard work and dedication to their own development is ultimately what makes the difference,” continued TSS Girls Director Brendan Quarry. “These players chose a different pathway a number of years ago and we thank them for putting their trust in TSS. We wish them all the best and look forward to seeing them again in the summer months."
The majority of these players will continue playing for TSS throughout the summer in the MWSL Spring League. They will be joined by returning TSS alumni and 98 born players currently on the new TSS Black.
The TSS FC girls program is a full-time 12-month program for committed youth players. The purpose of the program is to provide a positive development environment for young female players from U13-U18.