Women's Weekly: Canadian call-ups

Whitecaps FC women playing in college

The third edition of ‘Women’s Weekly’ returns today as Vancouver Whitecaps FC women continue along their respective collegiate seasons. With the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Canadian Interuniversity University (CIS) soccer season now well underway, the ladies continue to claim individual and team success.

Let’s start things off right here in beautiful British Columbia. In a battle between two women’s soccer powers in CIS action, UBC Thunderbirds defeated Kristen Funk and her Trinity Western University Spartans by a score of 1-0. Also, Jaclyn Sawicki caused plenty of trouble as her University of Victoria Vikes defeated Manitoba Bisons last Sunday, ultimately leading to a first senior women’s national team call-up for the young player (Trinity Western University + University of Victoria).   

Syracuse Orange star Tina Romagnuolo, meanwhile, was also called up to play for the senior Canadian women’s national team after adding a goal in her team’s 2-2 draw against Central Connecticut last weekend. “The goal is the 14th of her career, which moves her into a tie for eighth place on Syracuse’s all-time goals scored list with Molly Schmelzle (1998-01)” (Syracuse).

Down the I-5, Jenna Richardson’s goal propelled her Oregon State Beavers to a 2-1 victory over New Mexico Lobos last weekend. “Jenna took a nice first touch toward the top of the 18-yard box and finished it far post. She bent it around the goalie," said Beavers head coach Linus Rhode (Oregon State).

At North Carolina, Amber Brooks and Ranee Premji had a mixed bag of results last weekend. Premji scored one goal in UNC’s 2-0 victory over UNC Greensboro last weekend before falling to defeat at the 2011 Duke Nike Classic to Texas A&M.  Brooks, meanwhile, received selection to the Duke Nike Classic All-Tournament team (University of North Carolina).

University of Wisconsin forward Monica Lam-Feist scored her first goal of the season in the 90th minute as the Badgers defeated Northern Illinois 2-0. The victory gave Wisconsin their fifth consecutive victory and remained undefeated against the Huskies with a 9W-0L-0D record all time (University of Wisconsin Badgers).

It was a busy week for UCLA Bruins athlete Sydney Leroux in southern California. Leroux scored the match winning goal in a 1-0 victory over SMU before scoring two goals in her team’s 4-1 victory over Frenso State to finish the weekend with six goals on the season. Also, the first edition of a video segment called ‘Syd’s Shots’ debuted with the senior highlighting her time with Whitecaps FC(UCLA).

Penn State University goalkeeper Erin McNulty was busy last weekend as the Nittany Lions squad defeated Virginia 3-2 in a wild come-from-behind victory. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native made seven saves as PSU improved to 6W-2L-0D on the season plus find out how Tiffany Weimer’s scoring streak record could be in jeopardy (GoPSUsports.com).  

Want to know how Shannon Woeller ended up at Rutgers? "I really wanted to come play in the NCAA because it's a great place to play soccer and develop," (Anthony Hernandez – The Daily Targum).

Finally, Ciara McCormack continued to tap into her writing side in The Province with her new article ‘Don’t let pushy parents spoil fun’. “There was a day that I went to watch a seven-year-old friend of mine in her Saturday game. Although I had coached a lot of clinics and sessions, I hadn't experienced the atmosphere at a youth game and what I witnessed horrified me” (Ciara McCormack- The Province).