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TSS Elite Girls University Bound

As the second year of the TSS Elite program came to a close in April, players from the U19 Elite girls have now finalized their plans for university. In keeping with last year's success, every U19 player looking to play varsity soccer was offered spots on university and college teams. 14 players in total.

"We're very pleased for these players," says head coach and TSS Girls Program Director, Brendan Quarry. "This group of players went through their fair share of adversity as they adapted to the women's game as well as our academy's style of play. In the end, they grew as players and managed to secure spots at a variety of schools."

Last year saw similar success with every grade 12 player securing places on varsity teams. Many TSS graduates made an impact in 2013 with Katie Bishop selected to Ontario West Division All Stars, Jessie DeBoer selected to Ontario East Division All Stars, and Zoe Fasoulakis selected to Quebec All Stars.

For the first time, TSS will have players heading to the east coast to ply their soccer skills. Jessie Blanchard of North Vancouver will be playing for the Dalhousie University Tigers in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Morgan King of South Surrey will be close by as she suits up for the University of Acadia Axewomen in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Nicola Small of North Vancouver will be joining the University of New Brunswick Reds in Fredericton.

Other players leaving the province include Brenda Murillo of Richmond who will be playing for the University of Toronto Blues and Alex Fiorvento of North Vancouver who will be heading to the Southern US to play for Louisiana Tech.

"We're excited to have recruited Alex into our program, " says Louisiana Tech assistant coach, Josh Wagenaar. "I've been monitoring players from the TSS Elite program for a few years now. Their program stresses technical excellence and possessional play which fits well with what we're trying to achieve at Louisiana Tech. Alex is someone we feel will make an impact immediately because of that background."

A number of players are remaining in the province to play for BC universities and colleges. Maddie Higginbotham of Langley BC will be staying close to home as she prepares to join the 2012 National Champs Trinity Western. Desiree Caruso of Surrey will be joining the University of the Fraser Valley, Devon Kollmyer of Lyndon, Washington will be playing for Simon Fraser University, and Austin Studer of North Vancouver will be playing in goal for the University of Victoria. Megan Baird of Surrey will be travelling to the interior to play for Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops and Alyssa Graeme of Richmond will be playing for Langara College. Quest University, a private university in Squamish, BC, will add to their current roster of TSS recruits by bringing in Niki Glavina of Richmond and Paige Ayers of South Surrey. Paige was the captain of the U19 Elite team this season as she took a year off school and mentored the 95 born players.

"It will be sad to see Paige leave our program," says Quarry. "Paige attended TSS for a number of years when she was young and then returned at U18 to join the elite program for 2 years. She has been an invaluable asset, one of the most talented players to come out of our program."

Quest University recruited another talented player in Ashley Chen of Richmond. Unfortunately Ashley has recently taken ill. Quest coaching staff, however, are confident that Ashley will be able to join the program once she recovers. Thoughts and best wishes are with Ashley as she battles a serious illness.

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 Development Program is a full-time 11-month program for top level youth players. The purpose of the program is to provide a positive and challenging learning environment for a select number of players who are looking to advance to the adult/university level. Players are often selected in December of their grade 9 year where they train and play for the elite reserve team until they reach grade 11-12.