CapU women's soccer welcomes 10 new faces

Photo Tae Hoon Kim / Capilano University
Photo Tae Hoon Kim / Capilano University

In each of the past three off-seasons, head coach Dennis Kindel has bolstered the Capilano University Blues women's soccer team with a strong, balanced recruiting class. And with each of the past three seasons, the Blues have improved – winning PACWEST bronze in 2016, then claiming silver last season after narrowly falling in penalties in the final. Two of last year’s recruits – Claire Ye and Adrianna Babinski – were named conference all-stars in their first season, and Ye was PACWEST Rookie of the Year.

Heading into the 2018 campaign, Kindel believes that this group of 10 standouts from across the Lower Mainland have what it takes to capture gold and advance to the CCAA Nationals for the first time since 2007.

 

Dulong was a standout for Mountain FC, winning a BC Provincial Cup gold and two silvers. At Seycove Secondary in North Vancouver, she was also named Athlete of the Year and was a recipient of their Athlete Legacy Award. In 2018, Dulong was one of four recipients of a BC Premier Soccer League’s EA Spots BCSPL scholarship – given to athletes who “[exhibit] an outstanding combination of academic standards, character, and a track record of giving back to the game in their communities.”

Hough joins the Blues after finishing her high school career on a high note – earning Abbotsford Soccer’s Female Player of the Year honours in 2018.

Hurtado was a standout for North Van's Handsworth Royals, and was named to the BC Provinical High School All-Star Team. She also competed at Provincials at both the high school and club level. 

A top goalkeeper from Maple Ridge, McInhiney provides depth behind Nikki Gerbrandt and Brittney Roussy, who combined to record five shutouts last season. 

The captain and Team MVP of the Burnaby Mountain Secondary Lions girls soccer team, Pires is also an all-around athlete – being named Best Defensive Player on her U18 lacrosse team.

Another recruit from Handsworth, Ruffalls helped the Royals to provincial silver in 2016, and also played at Provincials with the North Shore Girls Soccer Club. She received the club's White, Blue, Black Scholarship Award in 2018. 

After training camp and an extensive exhibition schedule in the summer, the Capilano Blues kick off their PACWEST season at home on Saturday, September 8. CapU hosts the PACWEST Soccer Championships on October 26 and 27 at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West, and the CCAA Women’s Soccer Nationals will be hosted by Douglas College in Coquitlam from November 7-10.