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TSS U19 Elite Head Off to University

As the TSS U19 Elite team winds down its inaugural season in the premier division of the Metro Women's Soccer League (MWSL), many of the players are now preparing for university level soccer. As it stands, every single grade 12 player on the TSS team has been offered spots on university teams.

A few of the players will be heading east to play soccer for some excellent universities. Central midfielder Katie Bishop of South Surrey will be off to Waterloo, Ontario in the fall to play for #5 ranked Wilfred Laurier University. Striker Kristina Pearkes and center back Zoe Fasoulakis, both from Vancouver, will be going to Montreal to play for #8 ranked McGill University.

"We're excited to have Zoe and Kristina join McGill next season," says McGill head coach Marc Mounicot. "I've been very impressed with their abilities. When it comes to recruitment, TSS Academy is an organization that's high on my list. They play a brand of soccer that fits well with McGill."

Central midfielder and captain Elexis Schlossarek of North Delta will be playing for the University of Idaho, a division 1 school in the NCAA.

“She can play the holding position, she can play the attacking position and she scores goals,” Idaho head coach Pete Showler said. “She’s a box-to-box midfielder and a great organizer who settles the ball and distributes it with great vision. She’s got a lot of very good upside, very good quality and very good personality and leadership skills.”

"I've been playing soccer since I was 5 years old," says Schlossarek. "I can honestly say that playing for TSS was the best year of soccer I've ever had. I'm excited to be moving on but also sad to be leaving such a great program and great team."

Other TSS players will be playing for BC universities. Defender Vanessa Wiebe of Surrey will be playing for Trinity Western Spartans, currently ranked #2 among CIS schools. Defender Shivani Sami of Burnaby BC and goalkeeper Amanda Gilliland of Surrey will both be playing for Simon Fraser University in the fall. SFU currently competes in the NCAA soccer system down in the United States. Midfielders Gabby Villasenor of Richmond and Daniella Smith of Coquitlam will be playing for Quest University in Squamish BC. Quest is a private university currently competing in BCCAA league.

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.

"It has been a real pleasure coaching these players over the course of the year," says Head Coach and TSS Girls Program Director Brendan Quarry. "It's terrific that so many of these players were able to achieve their ambitions to play university soccer. That's really the objective of this program - to help players develop in the game, to help them achieve whatever ambitions they may have, and to ensure they enjoy themselves in the process."

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.