CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director / Photo Paul Yates, Vancouver Sports Pictures
The Capilano Blues women’s soccer program has five CCAA National Championships and 11 conference title to their name, and after a bronze medal at the PACWEST Provincials last season, the Blues look poised to add to those totals in the future.
Despite a fourth place finish in the 2016 regular season, CapU pulled together in the playoffs and delivered two strong performances. They nearly knocked off top-ranked Douglas in the semis before falling 2-1 in overtime, but then took down Langara 2-1 (5-4 penalty kicks) in the consolation final to win bronze. It was the team’s first medal in eight seasons, and a promising step forward for a young team.
Head coach Dennis Kindel heads into his third season at the helm, and has brought in a talented recruiting class to complement a solid crop of returners.
"The recruiting class for the upcoming season will be one of Capilano's best," said Kindel. "Our roster is much deeper from top to bottom, and this will go a long way towards helping us to a successful season. We will be more balanced across the board, which will make us tougher to play against and make the whole team stronger."
Dominika Paige will serve as team captain in 2017, as the midfielder heads into her second year at Capilano. The midfield position will feature several key players from last year’s squad, including Natalie Leclerc, Marsha Chesshire, Sophia Goto, Brooklyn Doucette, and Mehar Waraich. Rookie Taylor Cahill will also see time on the wings.
Kindel will feature a number of different names up front, with several players able to play the forward position. Third-years Martina Bohomol Villa and Jaimi MacCara will spend time as a striker, as will first-years Danielle Ferreira, Catrina Olstrom and Jaime Petersen. Newcomers Adrianna Babinski and Madison Makara can also play both midfield and forward, and Claire Ye has stood out at every position on the field – scoring two goals against Thompson Rivers University of U SPORTS (formerly CIS) in the preseason despite being primarily a defender.
The Blues allowed the second-fewest goals in the conference last year, and will look to build off that performance with another strong defensive showing. Third-year Jessica Price will again have the task of shutting down opposition’s top scorers, and she’ll receive help from Cassidy Ludlow and Sydney Schmidt – among others who will also rotate through the back row.
Splitting the duties in net will be second-years Brittney Roussy and Nikki Gerbrandt. Roussy posted a 1.11 Goals Against Average in five regular season starts in 2016, and led the Blues to their penalty kicks victory of Langara in the bronze medal matchup. Gerbrandt made seven regular season appearances last year, finishing with a 1.33 GAA.
The Blues kick off their regular season on Sunday, September 10 against the Langara Falcons, with game time at 11:45am at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex. CapU is then back home the following weekend for games on the 16th and 17th against Douglas College and Vancouver Island University, respectively.