KELOWNA, BC -- UBC Okanagan’s women’s soccer program has added Samantha Savoy, who is ready to call UBC Okanagan home after Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s closing of its athletics program.
The Surrey product has had a long and successful history in the game, having started playing competitively back in 2006 with her Surrey United side. Savoy also played for Surrey-Guildford United prior to joining the PACWEST conferences' Kwantlen Eagles, as well as playing all five years with her Fleetwood Park Secondary School.
Savoy’s career prior to signing with the Heat has been filled with success and recognition, speaking to the experience that she will bring to the pitch next season.
In her first two seasons with her high school side, Samantha was named Athlete of the Month and was awarded MVP honours as a rookie and then again as a sophomore on the Dragons’ junior team. In that second MVP season Savoy was called up to join the senior team, with whom she earned a third place finish in the AAA Provincial Championships. Savoy and her senior Dragons played in the provincial championships again in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, finishing 15th and 10th respectively.
In the 2012-13 season, Savoy was also named Athlete of the Month, the MVP, the BC ‘AAA’ Provincial Championships Player of the Game, and she earned a second MVP award at the University of Victoria Nike Spring Classic.
In her first season with at Kwantlen, Savoy and her Eagles teammates finished fourth at the Provincial tournament. They lost their final game in a shootout to the Vancouver Island University, missing a berth in the National tournament by one spot.
In her second and final season with Kwantlen, Samantha was awarded a student-athlete scholarship for her achievements in both academics and athletics, and she and her Eagles side went on to finish fourth in the PACWEST provincial tournament.
“After the cancellation of [the] KPU athletics program I knew I needed to find somewhere new to call home,” said Savoy. To that end, she added, “I am thrilled to be committed to the UBCO Heat women’s soccer team.”
On making the move up from PACWEST to CIS competition, the veteran defender seems undaunted. “My two seasons in PACWEST playing under coach Julie King and Joan McEachern have prepared me well for the big step to the CIS.”
Savoy sees UBC Okanagan as a good fit academically as well, saying, “I’ll be enrolling into the Arts program and then I plan to switch into the Management program. I am going to finish with a Bachelors of Management and plan to find a career in Human Resource Management.”
Samantha is one of six newcomers to the Heat women's squad for the upcoming Canada West season. She joins a pair of TOFC midfielders from Vernon, BC products in Maya Bandy and Maddy Laranjo, and two fellow recruits from the Lower Mainland in Violet Bacon (Fullback, Surrey, BC) and Kylee Walker (FB/MID, Delta, BC). The sixth recruit is Becky Leavell, from Stony Plain, Alberta.