TWU Spartans add key defensive piece in Chin

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by Mark Janzen

March 5, 2014, LANGLEY, British Columbia (ISN) – The Trinity Western women’s soccer team added a major piece to their already talented core as coach Graham Roxburgh officially announced the signing of defender/midfielder Kathleen Chin (Calgary) Wednesday.

Chin will join her sister Stephanie, who, will enter her third year with TWU this fall, and immediately bolster a Spartans roster that is coming off back-to-back CIS national championship titles.

The 5-foot-5 Chin, who is capable of playing both in the midfield and on the back line, will graduate from Ernest Manning High School this spring and arrives at TWU with an already decorated soccer resume.

Most recently, last summer, Chin played with Team Alberta at the 2013 Canada Summer Games, helping her side to a fifth place finish.

At the club level, Chin helped Calgary’s NSD Saints to a bronze medal at the U16 national championship and Calgary’s Blizzard Juventus to a fourth place finish at the U14 national championship.

Playing with Team Alberta at the Canadian National All-Star Championships, Chin won a silver medal with her U15 team and then a bronze medal with her U16 team.

“Kathleen is going to be a very strong player for us in the coming years, and I have been impressed with her ever since the first time we saw her,” Roxburgh said. “She has the ability to play in a few positions, and technically is very strong. I like the fact that she loves to compete, is aggressive and has a desire to win. She has shown composure, skill and a competitive edge when she is playing, which will add so much to our squad not only next year, but for years to come. I also like what I see in her as a person and we are excited she has decided to be a part of our culture and our future.”

Chin, who also trained at the Canadian National Training Centre from 2010 to 2012, is yet another Calgarian to come along the well-used pipeline to TWU as she’ll join six other Spartans next fall who hail from Alberta’s Cowtown.

“I am attending TWU because I have the opportunity to play with a great team and am excited to experience the culture and environment of TWU,” said Chin, who plans to study business or sciences.

Chin will join already signed striker Seina Kashima (Burnaby, B.C.) as Roxburgh’s first two announced recruits for the 2014-15 season.

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