Bernier, 23, returns to Whitecaps FC after previously playing with the club during the 2008 W-League season, starting four matches and posting a record of 2W-0L-2D. Last season in the W-League, the Oakville, Ontario, native played for Hamilton FC Rage, starting 11 matches with one shutout. In 2009, Bernier started all 14 matches for Toronto Lady Lynx and recorded four shutouts. The Canadian shot stopper also played with the Lady Lynx from 2005 to 2007, appearing in a total of 23 matches and posting 12 shutouts.
In addition to her W-League career, Bernier played four successful seasons of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) soccer at the University of Alabama (2007-2011). In her senior season in 2011, Bernier tied a single season school record with seven shutouts. During her time with Alabama, Bernier became the first player in Tide program history to earn All-SEC honours in all four seasons at the school. She also holds the school’s career records for saves (453) and shutouts (21), and is second in wins (29).
Internationally, Bernier has been in the Canadian national team program from the U-16 to senior national team levels. In 2010 and 2011, Bernier was called up to the senior Canadian women’s national team. In 2008, she was part of the Canadian U-20 squad that won the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship and went on to participate in the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
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2011: The Oakville, Ontario, native played for Hamilton FC Rage, where she made 11 appearances posting one clean sheet against rival Toronto Lady Lynx 2009: Started all 14 matches for Toronto Lady Lynx and tallied four clean sheets. 2008: Bernier appeared in four games for Whitecaps FC helping the Blue and White to the Western Conference playoffs where they lost to arch rival Seattle Sounders FC. 2007: Made 14 starts for the Lady Lynx, including two playoff matches, and tallied five shutouts. 2006: Appeared in eight matches for Toronto in her sophomore W-League season, posting shutouts in seven of those eight matches. 2005: Bernier appeared in one game for the Lady Lynx in her rookie W-League season.
2011: In her senior season Bernier appeared in 20 matches for the University of Alabama posting seven clean sheets. Leading the Crimson Tide to 10 victories. 2010: Bernier, appeared in 14 games in her junior season tallying five clean sheets and a personal best GAA of 1.09. The Okaville, Ontario, native also went on to break all-time Alabama career saves record previously held by Amy Pseja. 2009: Bernier was named to All-South East Conference (SEC) second team and led the SEC in saves per game with an average of 6.44. 2007: The keeper was named to the SEC All-Freshman team and personally rewrote the Alabama record books with 145 saves which ranks first all-time in the UA single season annals and fourth all time in the SEC.
U-23: In 2011 and 2010, Bernier was called up to the senior Canadian women's national team. U-20: Bernier was part of Canada's U-20 women's national team that won the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship. She then went onto play in the 2008 FIFA Women's World Cup in Chile.