July 16, 2013, Langley, B.C., (ISN) – The reigning CIS champion Trinity Western women’s soccer team added three valuable pieces for the 2013 campaign, with Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh announcing the signing of goalkeeper Rachel Bedek (St. Thomas, Ont.), along with midfielders Madison Higginbotham (Langley) and Megan Theroux (Hamilton, Ont.) Tuesday.
The trio will come to a team looking to win back-to-back national titles for the second time in the last five years, after doing so in 2008 and 2009.
“We’re really excited about the players coming this year as they will give us some youth and energy,” Roxburgh said. “They’re three players who will provide depth and create competition for positions on the pitch. We might not carry as big of a squad this year as last eyar, but we’re still really pleased with the makeup of our group coming into this season.”
Bedek comes to TWU after spending the last four years at Carleton University playing with the Ravens women’s soccer team. However despite the cross-Canada journey she’ll be taking to pursue an MBA in international business, the 5-foot-7 goalkeeper is already familiar with the Spartans program.
Bedek played under Roxburgh when he was Canada’s coach for the 2011 FISU Games and, most recently, played alongside current Spartans midfielder Natalie Boyd (Surrey, B.C.) and former Spartans Jilian Dietrich (Calgary) and Kristen Funk (Calgary) at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia. Bedek started the final three games of the tournament and helped Canada to a 10th place finish.
While with Carleton, Bedek was named an OUA East First Team All-Star in 2010 and, that same year, was named her team’s MVP.
Growing up playing her club soccer for the North London Supernova, Bedek earned national championship gold medals in both 2005 and 2006 and a national silver medal in 2007.
“Rachel is girl who I have known for a few years,” Roxburgh said. “She’s a quality keeper who is very consistent and very steady. She’s a good shot-stopper and she has a commanding presence in goal. With the loss of Kristen (Funk) this year, Rachel will add competition for that starting spot in net.”
Bedek added: “I’m thrilled to be entering into a community-based school where I can pursue excellence in both athletics and academics. I’ve always wanted to experience life in B.C. and I am excited to be able to continue my studies in such a welcoming atmosphere. I’m eager to join the Spartans as I take a new step in my life, which I hope will be the foundation for my future career.”
The 5-foot-4 Higginbotham will be right at home when she arrives on campus as the local product will join the Spartans after having grown up in Langley and having graduated from Langley Fundamental Secondary School this past spring.
Higginbotham comes to the Spartans having played with a variety of club programs including Richmond Metro and TSS Academy. She helped her Richmond Metro side to the provincial championships in both 2011 and 2012. In the summer months, she has also spent time with the Fraser Valley Action, winning a PCSL championship in 2011.
“Madison is a very technically sound player,” Roxburgh said. “She’s a very good passer who loves to control the play. We feel she will give us some options in midfield. She’s a recruit we know will take a year or two to really find a prominent role, but we’re excited about her technical ability and what she brings to the squad both on and off the field.”
Higginbotham plans to take general studies in her first year at TWU.
“I chose TWU because it has an amazing soccer team, a great athletic program and fantastic academics,” Higginbotham said.
Theroux comes to the Spartans after a successful career at both the club level, with the Toronto Lynx Soccer Club, and the high school level, with Hamilton’s École Secondaire Georges-P.-Vanier.
The 5-foot-2 attacking midfielder was named her high school’s Athlete of the Year each year since 2009. She was also her high school team’s MVP in both 2011 and 2012.
This summer, she is playing with the Toronto Lynx Jrs. in the USL’s Super-20 league.
“Megan is a developmental player who, like Madison, is a technically sound player who impressed me with her ability on the ball,” Roxburgh said. “She gives us options because she can play both outside back and midfield. She’ll have to take some time to adjust to playing at the CIS level, but I really like her as a person and I think she’ll fit right in in terms of who we are as a group.”
Theroux plans to study education at TWU.
“I always try to work hard and strive to be my best,” Theroux said. “Trinity Western offers me the opportunity to be the best I can be as a student-athlete and as an individual.”