2016 Academy Centre Players of the Year

2016 Whitecaps FC Academy Centre Players of the Year, presented by BMO

In conjunction with the 2016 Whitecaps FC Player Awards presented by BMO, the club also announced the Whitecaps FC Academy Centre Players of the Year. Players are selected based on how well they represent the club’s mantra of Our all. Our honour. both on the field and in their communities.

Lower Island Academy Centre
 
Name: Kyle Degelman
Hometown: Victoria
Age: 12
Position: Midfielder
What his coaches say: “Kyle has made huge strides while being in the Lower Island Academy, culminating in making making the local EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League team. Kyle shows great desire and a willingness to learn, demonstrating this in the 2016 Summer Residential camp where he impressed coaches with his on field ability and character.  Kyle has a big future in the game and thoroughly deserves this year’s Male Player of the Year award!”

Name: Elizabeth Woodley
Hometown: Salt Spring Island
Age: 14
Position: Midfielder
What her coaches say: “Lizzie takes a ferry and travels quite some distance to follow her passion. She is a leader in every sense – is brave in possession and always supports her teammates out of possession. Lizzie raises the standards of everyone around her.  She is now making smarter, quicker decisions in game time and showing incredible maturity in her game.  Congrats Lizzie!”


Upper Island Academy Centre

Name: Zavier Hurson
Hometown: Duncan
Age: 12
Position: Attacking Midfielder
What his coaches say: “While being in the centre, we have witnessed Xavier’s rise from grassroots to the EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League. His enthusiasm and love for the game never waivers. Zavier is brave in possession, is always a constant attacking threat and works hard out of possession. Along with his family, Zavier is dedicated to improving his game and now trains with us out of the Lower Island Academy to continues his development while playing in the BCSPL.  He is a pleasure to coach and we are honoured to name Xavier 2016 Player of the year!”
 
Name: Ava Alexander
Hometown: Nanaimo
Age: 13
Position: Midfielder
What her coaches say: “Ava and her team became Provincial Champions this year and Ava was an integral part of an impressive group of young athletes. She has consistently demonstrated the character to improve and challenge herself. Ava receives feedback very well and always plays with an impressive intensity. This desire and attitude has seen her technical and tactical game progress exponentially. This award is very well deserved for Ava.”

Kamloops Academy Centre

Name: Markus Molett
Hometown: Kamloops
Age: 10
Position: Midfielder
What his coaches say: “Markus is a soccer fanatic and has a distinct love for the game. He continually has a ball at his feet and wants to improve his game.  Over the last two years, Markus has really grown as a player in our academy. He will look for every opportunity to play for a team, go to a tournament, or play with other players to grow as an individual and a player. He exemplifies what we are looking for in a player in our academy with his work ethic, determination, and love for the game.”

Name: Sophia Seibel
Hometown: Kamloops
Age: 15
Position: Forward/Midfielder
What her coaches say: “Sophia has been in our academy from the outset and has continually grown as a player and an individual. She is developing into a high level player and is excelling as a player with Thompson Okanagan Football Club. She has an unbelievable work ethic and determination to improve as a player and we see great things ahead for her as a player and an individual.”


Kootenay West Academy Centre

Name: Maya Ida
Hometown: Nelson
Age: 17
Position: Defender
What her coaches say: “Maya has had an incredible year. She is athletic and versatile on the soccer pitch. This season Maya has won high school provincials and provincial silver at the club level. She was a key player in making those achievements happen. Maya is currently working hard to secure a place on a university soccer team, the way Maya is going this is something we all believe can happen.” 

Name: Danny Macmaster
Hometown: Grand Forks
Age: 11
Position: Midfielder
What his coaches say: “Danny is an exciting player with great potential who always plays with a smile. He works very hard and shows great enthusiasm and energy during training. He has an undeniable passion for the game and is very committed to becoming a better soccer player. Danny is an absolute pleasure to work with.” 


Kootenay East Academy Centre

Name: Ethan Heavey
Hometown: Fernie
Age: 15
Position: Midfielder
What his coaches say: “Ethan has been with the program for over two years now, as a Kootenay Academy & Fernie School Academy player. He has really embraced the values that come with being a Whitecaps FC Academy player. His effort and work rate are unquestionable and his commitment to bettering himself as a player is relentless.  He travels in from Fernie to the sessions twice a week and always arrives with a smile on his face and ready to give it his all.” 

Name: Cheyenne Peters
Hometown: Cranbrook
Age: 12
Position: Midfielder
What her coaches say: “Cheyenne has been with us since the first ever Skills Centre that was launched back in 2013. Her commitment and desire to get better has shown on the pitch.  She always plays with a smile and loves the game of soccer. Technically, Cheyenne shows a range of good player habits. She is a good all around team player and a pleasure to coach​.” 

London Youth Academy Centre 

Name: Ethan Gopaul
Hometown: Mt. Brydges, Ontario
Age: 17
Position: Winger
What his coaches say: "Ethan was selected this year for the Whitecaps FC Residency program in Vancouver. He is a fantastic player and a terrific and classy young man who was a pleasure to have in our academy. He also did an amazing job as a volunteer working with our younger academy players. We are all proud that he is representing our academy in Vancouver."

Name: Lila Nakano
Hometown: London, Ontario
Age: 15
Position: Midfielder
What her coaches say: "Lila has an exceptional work rate and a great attitude. She is very driven and works hard in both games and in training. She has excellent vision, good distribution, and always shows for her teammates. She works hard and wins plenty of headers while also showing good technical ability. She has been a pleasure to work with."


Manitoba Academy Centre

Name: Josh Marius
Hometown: Winnipeg 
Age: 14
Position: Defender
What his coaches say: “Despite his young age, Josh shows great leadership qualities. He is always willing to do whatever it takes to find little improvements in his game. Josh understands that each and every session is important for his development and always pushes himself to the maximum so he can improve daily. Josh is a total professional in terms of his approach to the game.  Keep up the good work Josh and good luck in the Residency program in Vancouver!”

Name: Taylor Sousa
Hometown: Winnipeg 
Age: 14
Position: Midfielder
What her coaches say: “Taylor has made big improvements to her game over the year. Taylor shows great dedication to training and plays the game with great application. Taylor is always challenging herself to perform at her maximum whenever she is on the field. We are very excited to continue to work with Taylor as she challenges the coaches to find new ways to push her in training. Congratulations and good luck moving forward.”


Northern Academy Centre

Name: Cecil MacRae
Hometown: Prince George 
Age: 16 
Position: Midfielder 
What his coaches say: “Cecil’s personality is a tremendous example of what we want in our Academy Centre networks. He is a positive, enthusiastic, and energetic person who brings this level of consistency and hard work to every session he is involved in. He is a role model for our younger players, constantly talking and guiding them in the Academy Centre environment. It is clear that Cecil is honoured to be a member of Whitecaps FC, giving his all in everything he does.”

Name: Alayna Anderson
Hometown: Prince George
Age: 15
Position: Goalkeeper
What her coaches say: “Alana’s commitment and attitude in every session exemplifies what it means to be a part of Whitecaps FC. A player who not only challenges her peers but also is constantly challenging herself to overcome obstacles, which is allowing her to develop each and every phase. At times she even turns up to practice when sick to watch and observe, a true representation of Our all. Our Honour."

Cariboo Academy Centre
Name: Leon Meili
Hometown: 100 Mile House
Age: 11 
Position: Midfielder 
What his coaches say: “Although young in age, over the course of the Academy Centre year Leon showed maturity beyond his years in each and every training session. His attention and hard work have seen him grow in each and every phase. With his commitment to the training environment, Leon has not only pushed himself forward individually but also helped create an overall environment where his peers were challenged. His attitude has been a shining example to all players in the Cariboo Academy Centre.”

Okanagan Academy Centre

Name: Lydia Lavigne
Hometown: Vernon
Age: 16
Position: Defender
What her coaches say: “Lydia has been with the Okanagan Academy for four years now, having been involved in the Okanagan Prospects Academy as well as the Okanagan School Academy. Her attitude is always good and we have seen a lot of improvement in her all-around game. She has all of the attributes that a central defender requires and we are excited to see her fulfill her potential in that position.”

Name: Thomas MacDonald
Hometown: Revelstoke
Age: 11
Position: Midfielder
What his coaches say: “Thomas is now moving into his third year with the Okanagan Academy and having been with us from a young age, we are really starting to see his development and potential as a player coming to light. Thomas and his family's commitment to the academy and improving his game could not be better as they have to travel two hours in each direction for Thomas to participate in the academy sessions. Thomas has a bright future ahead of him.”


Saskatchewan Academy Centre

Name: Thomas Hasal
Hometown: Saskatoon
Age: 17
Position: Goalkeeper
What his coaches say: “Thomas is our first Saskatchewan Academy player to be selected for the Residency Program in Vancouver. During the three years Thomas has been with us he grew as a player, approaching training and off field commitments as a true professional. He kept up with his studies, picked up extra training sessions with the University program, and helped with our younger players. Thomas is a product of commitment, determination, and hard work!”

Name: Maya Gabruch
Hometown: Saskatoon
Age: 18
Position: Midfielder/Striker
What her coaches say: “Maya has been a very positive influence in our academy, especially as the younger girls look at her as a role model for her professionalism, and her consistency in training and performing day in and day out. You know she will always be one of the most determined and hard working players on the field. On top of that, she has really developed into an exciting attacking player that has very good awareness and movement off the ball. For this and more, she was recruited by the University of Saskatchewan women's soccer program where she is having a great start to her season so far.”


Sea to Sky Academy Centre

Name: Alex Fuez
Hometown: Squamish
Age: 12
Position: Midfielder 
What his coaches say: “Alex has been at every session since our inception and has shown constant improvement through hard work and discipline, coupled with an obvious love of the game. He also attended our residency camp at UBC and both summer camps, as well as regular attendance in the skills sessions at SFU. Alex is a great role model for players around him and he wears the Whitecaps FC badge with pride and honour, which shines through in all aspects of his development. Great job Alex keep up the good work!"

Name: Mary-Beth White-Bothe
Hometown: Squamish
Age: 14
Position: Midfielder 
What his coaches say: “Mary-Beth has continued to excel in the academy environment. Her progression and commitment have been a pleasure to observe over the past year. Mary-Beth attended the girls residential camp at Fortius this year and is a regular attendee at the Vancouver skills sessions. She is a great role model for other players in how she shows up ready to train at every session and leaves everything on the field. May-Beth is in the process of starting to train with Mountain United and we wish her the best of luck. Good job Mary-Beth and keep on pushing."


Vancouver Academy Centre

Name: Vito De Cotiis
Hometown: Burnaby
Age: 11
Position: Defender
What his coaches say: “Vito has been in the Vancouver Academy Centre and Prospects program for several years now. He is a great example of a young player that shows dedication to training and a true passion for the game. Vito is extremely committed, never misses a session, and always has a great appetite to develop his qualities. He also quickly took the captain's role through his leadership in our very promising 2005-born boys prospects group this summer. The team played great football and excelled in two tournaments across the border. He is a pleasure for the coaches to work with, and we have no doubt he will continue pursuing his full potential in the game.”

Name: Serena Jiwani
Hometown: Port Moody
Age: 13
Position: Midfielder
What his coaches say: “Serena is a regular at not only our academy but, other programs we put on. She has shown real character by working extremely hard. After initially not being part of a EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League team, she continued to push herself and her development and attended all our academy sessions, and now she has broken into a BCSPL team.”

Vancouver Goalkeeper Academy
Name: Ewan Musson
Hometown: New Westminster
Age: 10
Position: Goalkeeper
What her coaches say: “Ewan has shown a great attitude both on and off the field to listen, learn, and develop. He is very respectful of fellow players. His attendance has been excellent and he has also been a great help to the prospect teams when called upon.”
 
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