Women's Weekly: National pride

Catching up with the Whitecaps FC women

Women’s Weekly is back, and with the last weekend of September soccer in the books, Whitecaps FC women again made their way into the news in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and women’s national soccer for their numerous individual achievements, weekly awards, and team successes last week.

The Canadian women’s national team roster has been named for the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico next month. Eight former members of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC women's team made the roster including: Melanie Booth, Candace Chapman, Robyn Gayle, Kaylyn Kyle, Sophie Schmidt, Desiree Scott, Christine Sinclair and Brittany Timko will represent the Red and White (whitecapsfc.com + Canadian Soccer Association). 

Upon returning from her own spell with the Canadian women’s national team, Syracuse Orange midfielder Tina Romagnuolo was featured on SUAthletics.com about her first appearance with the Canadian national soccer team. “It was a great experience,” Romagnuolo said. “It has been my dream since I was little so I’m really glad I had the opportunity to play” (SUAthletics.com).

The United States U-23 women’s national team also named their roster for an upcoming training camp being held from October 2 to 7, and two members of the 2011 Vancouver Whitecaps FC women’s squad made the roster. University of North Carolina (UNC) midfielder Amber Brooks and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) striker Sydney Leroux made the roster, with the possibility a future call-up for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver in January (National Soccer Wire).   

In Pennsylvania, goalkeeper Erin McNulty earned her own clean sheet last Sunday evening to propel her Penn State Nittany Lions to a 1-0 victory over No. 22 Illinois. “McNulty finished the game with three saves for her second solo shutout of the season, as Illinois was blanked for the first time in 2011. McNulty has played an integral part in all of Penn State's Big Ten-leading seven shutouts in 2011” (GoPSU.com).

University of Wisconsin standout Monica Lam-Feist saw one of her teammates repeat a previous feat last weekend in their 2-1 victory over Michigan State, as teammate Cara Walls became the first Wisconsin player since Lam-Feist in 2010 to score two goals in one match (UWBadgers.com).

In Canada, Victoria Vikes midfielder/striker Jaclyn Sawicki scored one goal in her return from her Canadian national team duty against United States to defeat Lethbridge Pronghorns 2-0 last Saturday. After a 1-0 victory over the University of Calgary Dinos on Sunday, Victoria improves to 3W-2L-1D this season in CIS action (Lethbridge Athletics).  

Trinity Western University Spartans goalkeeper Kristen Funk earned back-to-back clean sheets over Alberta Pandas and Saskatchewan Huskies last Saturday and Sunday to help improve the Spartans to a 4W-1L-0D record (TWU Athletics).

To wrap things up, Ciara McCormack presents her weekly feature in today's edition of The Province, with this edition titled “A little luck and 10,000 hours go a long way”. Find out how much effort, dedication, and persistence it takes to be a great soccer player and achieve your goals (Ciara McCormick – The Province)