UBC Okanagan Women’s Soccer Players win league awards

Photo by Rob Brown

UBC Okanagan has continued to collect accolades for a most successful Women’s Soccer season. The women’s program has placed 2 of it’s players on the BCCAA All-star team; Jennifer Kidd the 5’2 defender in her first year, recruited by the UBC Okanagan’s head coach Claire Paterson straight out of R.A. McMath Secondary in Richmond to bolster the Heat backline. Not only has Jennifer been a stalwart defender but she has also been deadly in attack. A tactically savvy modern day fullback JK is excellent at identifying the opportunities to get forward being one of Heat’s many threats. She has a powerful and accurate right leg and has tallied 3 goals in the 12 game BCCAA season from more than 30 yards out.

Joining Jennifer on the all-star team is no surprise as she was chosen athlete of the week in the BCCAA as well as an athlete of the week across all the CCAA for her 3 goal weekend versus Kwantlen and Douglas September 19th and 20th. Alexa kept her scoring pace up all season as ended the season scoring 8 goals in 12 games to lead the BCCAA. Alexa is a 2nd year striker who graduated high school from Immaculata High School in Kelowna recruited out of High school to play soccer at Langara College in Vancouver Alexa was a member of the Langara team that won a national championship, despite that success Alexa chose to return to the Okanagan and instantly added a punch to the 2009-10 version of the UBC Okanagan Heat. A fierce competitor Alexa consistently works hard in training looking to improve her game as well as her teammates around her.

Claire Paterson, the person responsible for turning the UBC Okanagan program from a non contender in the BCCAA to a team only needs one win to be playing for a medal in the upcoming provincials has been selected as the BCCAA women’s coach of the year. In Claire’s second season at the helm of the Heat she has equalled the team’s previous high total of games won, 5 in 2 less league games. The team has qualified for the provincial championship’s something that has never been accomplished before in the 17 years the team has been competing in the BCCAA, and won coach of the year another first for the UBC Okanagan’s women’s soccer program. With Claire’s nod as coach of the year she will also be up for the CCAA coach of the year to be determined November 3rd at the national championship banquet in Toronto at Humber College.

The men’s team placed striker Thomas Simkins on the All-star team, he is in his third year and a product of Mount Boucherie Secondary in West Kelowna. Thomas led the team with four goals and was constantly putting pressure on opposing keepers with the many chances he created. Thomas returned the Heat line up this year after a 2 year hiatus after leaving to Camosun College and we are very glad in his decision. His ability to play both as a striker and a central midfielder complemented his versatility as a soccer player. “Thomas is a player who leads by example on the field. His addition to the team this year put the Heat in contention to be a playoff contender. In only his third year, we look forward to Thomas contributing more and more each year as we look to improve on this season.” Head Coach Justin Boersma.

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