Rounding out Claire Paterson’s keeper cast for her first foray into women’s soccer in Canada West, the Heat coach has attracted Whitehorse, YT product Samantha Burgis to the roster for 2014-15.
The 5’8 F.H. Collins Secondary graduate will have a big role backing up fifth-year goalkeeper Christine Tallon, according to Paterson.
“[Samantha] has some fantastic high level experience playing at the Western Canada Games, and Canada Summer Games,” Paterson said of Burgis’ projected role. “We are excited that she has decided to join our program in the fall as [she] continues to develop in her game while she works towards her degree.”
Highlighting Brugis’ soccer achievements are two gold medals in three years at the Arctic Winter games in 2012 and 2014. She represented Team Yukon in 2011 at the Western Canada Games and in 2013 at the Canada Summer Games.
Burgis was a highly involved athlete throughout high school, also competing for her school’s volleyball and basketball teams. She was MVP of her volleyball squad in back-to-back years in 2013 and 2014, and was the MVP and an All-Star for basketball from 2010-2014.
Her interest in sports has leant itself to an interest in health and medicine. She intends to pursue a degree in health sciences at UBC Okanagan.
“I am excited about the opportunities [that] UBC Okanagan has offered me in my chosen field of Health Sciences and to continue to learn and develop myself in soccer,” Burgis said of her chosen post-secondary institution. She has ambitions for a career in sports medicine following her education.
Well aware of the warmer climate and shorter winters in the Okanagan, Burgis added, jokingly, that “I have to be honest, I am willing to trade the long Whitehorse winters for the climate of the Okanagan which [allows] significantly more play time outside.”
Burgis is part of Paterson’s large recruiting class heading into the UBC Okanagan Heat’s first foray into Canada West. Samantha will join Kelowna defender Jennifer Yamaoka, as well as a second from Kelowna in Courtney Hemmerling who is a hometown forward. Cassie Bratton is another inked forward, she hails from Calgary along with Susan Traynor while Emma Nelsen, another midfielder, hails from Vancouver.
The UBC Okanagan Women’s Soccer team is having try-outs open to any full time student at UBC Okanagan. Walk on evaluations will be held August 8 - 11th. [More info]
The team will start playing preseason games on August 16 in Washington versus Northwest University and Evergreen University.
Samantha will have nearly a home game, or a close as she will likely ever have to playing in Whitehorse, as the Heat open the Canada West season in Prince George with a pair of games Sep 6-7 against the UNBC Timberwolves [Story | Full Schedule].