Highlanders Player Profile – Liz Hansen

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Ryan McQuillan

May 10, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Leading up to Peninsula Coop Highlanders’ Pacific Coast Soccer League season opener this Sunday, May 12th, we take a look at one of the team’s most dangerous offensive players.

Liz Hansen is about to enter her fourth season as a Peninsula Coop Highlander. The 5’10 striker from Cortez Island has also played for UVic as well as the Doncaster Rover Belles in the United Kingdom and Brevard County Cocoa Expos.

Liz had an illustrious career at UVic, being part of the squad that won the only CIS title for the women’s soccer program in 2005. She played for the University of Victoria from 2002-2006 and was named CIS All-Canadian in 2002 when she also was honored with the Robert T. Wallace shield, the university’s award for outstanding student-athlete in their first year of intercollegiate competition. Liz rounded out her last two years at UVic with a 2005 CIS National Championship and the Chancellor’s Award in 2006. This award is given to UVic student-athlete who is an outstanding contributor to their team, and provides leadership while exemplifying the goals of their team.

After making a name for herself at UVic, Liz took her talents to the United Kingdom where she played on the Doncaster Rover Belles from ’07-’09. In the 2007/08 season she was named both Manager’s Player of the Year and Player’s Player of the Year for Doncaster.

In between the Belles and the Highlanders, Liz spent a year in Florida playing in the W-League for the Cocoa Expos in Brevard County.

In 2010 Hansen brought her talents back to Victoria and took the PCSL by storm; leading the Highlanders to a record of 12-3-1 while scoring 19 of the team’s 53 goals. That year she was named Women’s MVP, Offensive Player of the Year and Women’s Top Scorer.

“She’s shown her ability to score goals, especially 2010 in the coast [PCSL] league. She scored 19 goals and led the league that year,” said Peninsula Coop Highlanders head coach Dave Dew, “she’s a proven scorer at every level, and is one of the hardest trainers who leads by example and was twice named team captain because every time she comes to the field she competes to win.”

Looking forward, the Peninsula Coop Highlanders approach the beginning of the season with some new faces which should bolster the team but they will still count on Hansen’s offensive prowess and leadership abilities. Their first game is against the Kamloops Heat this Sunday at Tyndall Turf, 12pm.