KELOWNA, B.C. – Lindsey Berthelsen has committed to a soccer career and has chosen the UBC Okanagan as her destination for both university studies and sport beginning next fall for the up-and-coming women’s squad.
The 5-8 centre-back has been a multi-sport wonder at Harry Ainlay High School, competing at a high level in volleyball and soccer, as well as competitive gymnastics. Despite numerous awards and commendations with her on-court endeavours, Berthelsen ultimately decided on pursuing life on grass and turf for her post-secondary journey.
“I feel that the soccer program and [UBC Okanagan] are a good fit for me as both an athlete and a student,” she said of her decision on sport and school. She went on to admit being persuaded largely by coach Claire Paterson and the rest of her staff at the team’s ID Camp in March.
“I feel very fortunate to be able to continue my soccer career in the CIS, especially with such a young, up and coming team,” she concluded as she also plans to pursue a degree in Human Kinetics at the Okanagan campus of UBC.
A relentless, “no-nonsense” defender, as she has been categorized by Paterson, Berthelsen will be looked upon to fill some gaps in the backline as a very young Heat squad prepares for its second foray into a fierce slate of Canada West competition.
“The coaching staff was very impressed with Lindsey,” Paterson said of her time with her new recruit back at the ID Camp. “She is a tough … solid presence on the field. She is strong into tackles and does very well at stymieing opposition attacks.”
Berthelsen comes to Kelowna with eight years of club experience under her belt, all logged with Scottish United. In that time she has picked up three provincial medals—one gold and two bronze—and most recently won the Women Premiere gold for 2015 and was a U18 Tier 1 League Champion.
Having trained with the Alberta provincial training program, she has also appeared in big name tournaments such as the 2013 Las Vegas showcase, Burnaby Spring showcase, Vikes Nike tournament and the 2014 EDSA All Star game.
“Lindsey comes from a strong club program in Edmonton which has had some great success,” Paterson added. “We are excited to have her join our program and we are looking to her to fill some very big shoes this year.”
Lindsey Berthelsen joins Kaylin Ferguson as part of coach Paterson’s 2015 recruitment class. You can catch them and the rest of Heat women’s soccer in action this fall when they kick off the 2015 regular season.