TSS Elite Girls Prepare for University Soccer
- Created: Thursday, 06 March 2014 10:26
For the third year in a row, every grade 12 player from TSS Elite Black has been recruited to play university level soccer. This coming fall, all 12 players are heading off to the CIS to play for a variety of different schools.
"I couldn't be happier for these players," says head coach and TSS Girls Program Director, Brendan Quarry. "This group of girls are the most technical grade 12 players we've had yet at TSS. A number of them have been at TSS for many years."
Last year saw similar success with 14 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 premier women's team in the Pacific Coast League.
After sending two TSS players to the Maritimes last year, TSS will continue hitting the East Coast as Sarah Moignard of West Vancouver prepares to join the University of New Brunswick Reds in the fall. Other players leaving Western Canada include Pauline McCordic of North Vancouver and Kassia Hayek of Burnaby, both of whom will be joining the Wilfred Laurier University Hawks, winner of the CIS Ontario division in 2013.
"We're thrilled to have secured these quality players from TSS, " says Laurier assistant coach, Niki Budalic. "They will join another TSS graduate Katie Bishop who currently anchors our central midfield. 2014 is looking very bright for us."
Other players will stay in Western Canada for their post-secondary years. The University of Calgary cleaned up at TSS by recruiting 5 players from the academy's elite program. Emma Partridge of Richmond, Heather Berringer of Vancouver, Kaely Biring of Vancouver, Nicole Darc of West Vancouver, and Remi Guindon of Vancouver have all been recruited to play for the Dinos next year. Calgary coach Troye Flannery was more than happy to turn to TSS for players.
"I'm looking forward to next year," says Flannery. "TSS is helping develop players that we're interested in at Calgary. They're technical on the ball and thoughtful in their decision-making. They will fit in well to what we're building here at U of C."
Miranda Sakich of Vancouver and Caitlin Millham of North Vancouver will be joining the University of Victoria Vikes next fall, currently ranked 4th in the country. Both Alexis Cattermole and Stefannia Memme of Coquitlam will be staying close to home as they join the University of Fraser Valley.
"What's really encouraging about these recruits is that many of them took a different path," continued TSS Girls Director Brendan Quarry. "A number of these players came from our younger elite team. Before that, many played at the metro level. There is no right path or wrong path. If players get good technical training and remain committed to their development, there's no reason why they can't achieve things in the game. More importantly, no one should deny them that chance. "
The majority of these players will continue playing for TSS throughout the summer in the PCSL Premier division. They will be joined by returning TSS alumni currently playing university level soccer.
The TSS Elite Girls Program is a full-time 11-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.