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Fourth year Women’s Soccer head coach Amy Anderson has put her squad thru intense off-season training in preparation for the 2017 Canada West season. After months of on and off-field training the University of Winnipeg Wesmen Women’s Soccer team is ready to begin their regular season schedule.
Winnipeg will begin regular season action on their home turf this coming Friday (September 8th vs Saskatchewan) and Saturday (September 9th vs Regina). Both matches begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex located at 900 Waverley Street.
Winnipeg coming off a 3-6-5 record last season and barely missing a spot in post season play, will look to begin the season with a pair of wins at home.
After the home opening weekend, Winnipeg will travel to the West coast for matches next weekend against the UBC Thunderbirds and the Victoria Vikes.
Anderson will have the benefit of having 15 players from last year’s roster returning to the fold to go along with seven talented recruits who will be looking to make an impact in 2017.
2017 Winnipeg Wesmen Women’s Soccer Season Preview
2016 CW regular season record: 3-6-5 – 7th Prairie Division, did not qualify for post season
2016 CW regular season ranks:
Offence: # goals, rank – 11, 13th
Defence: # goals against, rank – 26- 4th
2016 CW regular season leaders:
Goals: 4 – Jamila Calvez, Midfielder
Assists: 2 – Claire Preston, Forward
Points: 4- Jamila Calvez, Midfielder
Wins: 3 – Taylor Thorkelsson, Goalkeeper
Shutouts: 6, Taylor Thorkelsson, Goalkeeper
Alexis Dolinski (Midfielder/ 1st/ Winnipeg, MB/ World Soccer Academy)
Chantal Boulet (Defender/ 1st/ Winnipeg, MB/ College Jeanne Sauve)
Shae-Lynn Dodds (Striker/1st/ Winnipeg, MB/ Manitoba Provincial Team)
Taylor Thorkelsson (Goalkeeper/ Winnipeg, MB / 5)
Name – Jamila Calvez
Position – Midfielder
Year – 3rd
Hometown – Winnipeg, MB
Entering her third year of eligibility, Jamila Calvez will be relied on to provide leadership and experience to a relatively young Wesmen squad. Clavez led the team in goals last year with four and will be looked upon in 2017 to improve on that and be one of the focal points as Winnipeg looks to gain their first post season berth since entering the Canada West Conference.
Women’s Soccer 2017 Schedule
Fri. Sep. 8 – vs Saskatchewan – 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Sep 9 – vs Regina – 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Sep 15 – at UBC – 5:30 p.m.
Sat. Sep 16 – at Victoria – 5:00 p.m.
Sat. Sep 23 – vs Mount Royal – 2:00 p.m.
Sun. Sep 24 – vs Alberta – 2:00 p.m.
Sat. Sep 30 – at Lethbridge – 12:00 p.m.
Sun. Oct 1 – at Calgary – 12:00 p.m.
Sat. Oct 7 – at Manitoba – 2:00 p.m.
Sun. Oct 8 – vs Manitoba – 2:00 p.m. (Duckworth Challenge)
Fri. Oct 13 – vs MacEwan – 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Oct 14 – vs UNBC – 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Oct 21 – at Regina – 12:00 p.m.
Sun. Oct 22 – at Saskatchewan – 12:00 p.m.
Note – All home matches will be played at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex (900 Waverley Street)