TSS FC Girls Head to University
- Created: Tuesday, 17 May 2016 18:39
With the 5th season of TSS FC coming to its conclusion, the grade 12 girls from TSS FC Black are now preparing for university level soccer. A number of players will be travelling to Ontario next fall to begin the next chapter in their soccer lives. Others will be remaining in BC to compete in the CIS CanWest division.
“These players should be proud of their selection to CIS schools,” says head instructor and TSS FC Girls Director, Brendan Quarry. “They’ve confronted a good deal of adversity playing in the upper levels of the MWSL women’s league but they persevered and continued to focus on their development. We wish them every success as they advance to the next level.”
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 alumni team in the MWSL Spring League. With TSS FC shifting to double birth year teams, the number of grade 12s in the program will diminish to about 10 players for any given year. Many of these grade 12s on TSS FC Black will now be joined by TSS FC alumni university graduates returning home.
A number of players this year will be heading to Ontario. Jeevan Parhar of Surrey will join her sister Gagan (2015 Ontario West Rookie of the year) at the University of Laurier. Claire Siqueira and Ellie Reid of Richmond will also join the Parhars at Laurier next fall. Marina Ribecca of Vancouver will be playing in goal for Queen’s University. She will be joined by Hannah Dobie of Surrey who also signed with Queen’s. Maddie Mackay of Vancouver will be playing for the University of Toronto.
“It’s no secret that a number of strong TSS players have come to Laurier,” says Laurier Head Coach Barry Maclean. “For the last two years, Laurier has fielded the Ontario West Rookie of the Year. Both of those players came from TSS. As long as TSS continues to produce strong technical players, Laurier will continue to look to their academy as a great recruitment resource.”
Other players will stay in Western Canada for their post-secondary years. Brooke Walton of Surrey and Shayla Phipps of Delta will both be joining the University of Fraser Valley where a number of TSS graduates are plying their soccer skills. Kylee Walker of Surrey will be travelling to Kelowna to play for UBCO.
"We're very pleased to be welcoming Brooke and Shayla to UFV next fall,” says University of the Fraser Valley Head Coach Rob Geisbrecht. “We’ve had a number of TSS FC players play for UFV over the last few years. TSS produces technically sound players who are prepared for university soccer. We are confident Brooke and Shayla will both transition well to our program and thrive in our environment."
The majority of these players will continue playing for TSS throughout the summer in the MWSL Spring League. They will be joined by the 1999 born players currently on the new TSS FC 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 high level, positive development environment for young female players from U12-U18.