TWU Spartans add Calgarian teammates

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April 9, 2014, LANGLEY, British Columbia (ISN) – Trinity Western women’s soccer coach Graham Roxburgh continues to build his 2014 recruiting class, mining Calgary for his latest duo as he officially announced the signing of goalie Sophia Traxler and striker Natalie Arnett Wednesday.

Traxler and Arnett join the Spartans after having played together at both the high school level, with Ernest Manning, and the club level, with the Calgary NSD Saints.

With the Calgary pair, Roxburgh has now announced eight incoming athletes, including defender Amy Gartke (Edmonton), defender/midfielder Kathleen Chin (Calgary), strikers Seina Kashima (Burnaby, B.C.), Danae Derksen (Delta) and Casandra Silveri (Delta) and goalie Rachel Sydor (Tsawwassen, B.C.).

Sophia Traxler (Calgary)

Traxler joins the Spartans already with a proven track record at both the provincial and national level.

The 5-foot-7 goalkeeper earned a bronze medal at the U16 club national championship with the Calgary NSD Saints and also collected national silver (U15) and bronze (U16) medals while playing with the Alberta Selects.

She also helped her high school team to Calgary’s Division 1 city championship in both 2012 and 2013.

“Sophie is a solid keeper who we are excited is joining our program,” Roxburgh said. “She will provide both competition for our keeper position and give us some depth as we transition into having three keepers that are all vying for playing time on our roster. She is a hard worker and has continued to develop her game as she prepares for the university level. Sophie shared her excitement for our school, our program and the culture we have at the university and I believe she will be a great fit for us and a great addition for the university. Ever since we first met her, we have been excited about the person and player that we are having join our program.”

Most recently, Traxler played with the Calgary SWU Saints and the SWU U18 Spartans.

“TWU is the perfect atmosphere for me,” said Traxler, who plans to study history and religion. “It will allow me to challenge myself both academically and in soccer and help me succeed in both. TWU is a new chapter in my life that I am very excited about and proud to begin.”

Natalie Arnett (Calgary)

The 5-foot-6 forward comes to TWU with an impressive scoring pedigree that includes, similar to Traxler, a bronze medal with her U16 side at the Canadian club national championship.

In 2012, she also won the golden boot at the 2012 U16 Girls All Star National Championship.

“I believe that Natalie is an excellent signing for our program and I think that she will develop into a very dangerous forward because of her speed and strength,” Roxburgh said. “She has been in a good program, has been a part of the provincial team over the past few years and has shown that she can score goals and create chances for teammates. She has the potential to play in a number of spots for us, either centrally or out on the wing, and I like her overall desire to compete.

“She has the ability to get behind a back four with her pace and movement and I think she will compete with our forward core for playing time early on. I am also excited about the person I see in Natalie and believe that TWU will be a great place for her to grow personally and to impact the people around us because of the person that she is”

Arnett said: “I’m excited to be around such well-rounded and amazing people at TWU and it’s an honour to be able to play with one of the best teams in Canada.”


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