LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western women’s soccer team added another dynamic threat to its midfield core Wednesday as coach Graham Roxburgh announced the signing of Calgary, Alta. product Stephanie Chin.
The 5-foot-5 graduate-to-be of St. Francis High School comes to Trinity Western already with an illustrious background both as an individual and in regards to her team’s on-field success.
Chin is currently playing for Calgary’s Blizzard FC (formerly the Blizzard Threat) in the Calgary Women’s Soccer Association’s Major Division and through her first eight games was tied for seventh in league scoring with five goals.
Prior to this season, Chin has twice attended the BMO Club Nationals with the Blizzard Threat, coming third with her U16 side in 2010 and fifth with her U14 team in 2008.
She also won a bronze medal at the 2010 Canadian Soccer Association’s National Championships with the U16 Team Alberta All-Stars.
Chin currently trains at Calgary’s National Training Centre.
“We are delighted that Stephanie has chosen TWU for her university career and we know that in Stephanie we are adding an excellent player to our program and a quality person,” Roxburgh said. “I have always been impressed with our interactions with Stephanie and as we watched her we realized that we have a player with outstanding technical ability and the option of playing in a variety of attacking positions. We really like her ability to attack and run at players, as well as her vision to pass and create goal scoring opportunities for her teammates.
“She has the potential to be a top university player and we know that we are adding a player who will help make us a better team both in the immediate and long-term future. She is coming to our program as an excellent student and a person I believe will fit into our culture and help continue to raise the bar in terms of who we want to be on and off the field. I have been so impressed by her maturity and respectful nature and am excited to watch her impact our program.”
Off the field, Chin has earned Honours with Excellence in Grades 10, 11 and 12. She was also a 2010 Calgary Minor Soccer Association All-Star scholarship winner.
“I’m very excited to attend Trinity Western as it has a great academic and soccer program,” said Chin, who plans to study kinesiology. “Going on a mission trip is something I’ve always wanted to do and I look forward to the opportunity to help others with my future teammates.”
In 2011, the Trinity Western women’s soccer team finished the regular season atop the Canada West standings with 12-1-1 record and then went on to win the Canada West banner before falling to McGill in the CIS National Championship quarter-finals and ultimately finishing sixth overall.