Claire Paterson has added a second recruit out of Vernon as Kirsten Dodds will join the UBC Heat women’s soccer team this fall. Kirsten a 5’5" striker, will join the program attempting to fill the vacant striker spot that has opened up after the graduation of fourth year, Emma Nixon, and Sweden bound National Player of the Year, Alexa Kennedy.
Claire has keenly watched the development of Dodds for a number of years and is excited to add a player of Kirsten’s abilities. "I first got the chance to work with Kirsten when she played with the U16 SYL team I coached a few years ago,” adds Paterson. “I was very impressed with her prowess around the goal and I have been following her career ever since. I am looking forward to her becoming that goal scoring, impact player for the Heat over the next few years."
Kirsten is a teammate on the Okanagan FC PCSL squad of another Heat newcomer, Michelle Smith, Kirsten has also participated in the Whitecaps FC Vernon Soccer Academy for the past 5 years. Her extensive soccer background includes playing for the BCU16 Team; she was a 2009 invitee to the CSA national training centre west camp; and as a guest player in 2007 with the German Club FSV Höhenrain U17 team, was a finalist in the Valtellina Cup in Italy. As well this past season Kirsten has trained with the PGYSA Showcase Academy out of Prince George and accompanied them to the Western Canada Soccer Showcase.
“Three or four years ago I may not have picked UBCO as my first choice for university soccer,” remarks Kirsten, “but having witnessed the growth and success of the team, under Claire’s leadership, especially this past season, it is definitely my first choice and I am so excited to be part of it! The mentality and togetherness of the team is awesome and I can’t wait for the season to get started.”
After graduating from Kalamalka Secondary, Kirsten will enter UBC’s Okanagan campus in the Human Kinetics program this September. Kirsten joins Michelle Smith and Taylor Venuti as the three recruits signed by the women’s soccer team to this point.