July 2,2014(ISN) – LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western women’s soccer coach Graham Roxburgh continued to add pieces to the Spartans puzzle as the five-time CIS national champion bench boss officially announced the addition of midfielder Emma Weme (Sandpoint, Idaho) and midfielder/defender Kiersten Sawchuk (Tsawwassen, B.C.) Wednesday.
The 5-foot-7 midfielder, who graduated from Sandpoint High School this year, comes to TWU after an impressive campaign in which she captained her team to a 4A state championship and, along the way, earned a point on more than half of her team’s 45 goals, scoring seven and assisting on 16.
“I have watched Emma develop a lot over the last 18 months and I feel she has the strength and athleticism to really pose an attacking threat,” Roxburgh said. “She is a versatile player who has shown a strong level of commitment to develop and succeed. She is a quality person who will add to a very good recruiting class and I am excited about the options she will give us on our roster. I think she has the potential to push for playing time this year because of her athleticism and work rate.”
Beyond her high school success, Weme has also put together a quality club career and this summer will get the chance to compete at the 2014 Welsh International Super Cup with SoCal Select FC.
“Trinity Western provides multiple opportunities for me and my future,” said Weme, who plans to study business or human kinetics. “First and foremost, TWU offers top-notch education saturated in God’s Word in an environment I can grow spiritually. The campus and faculty offer various activities, including soccer, which will enrich my life helping me to succeed in whatever God has planned for me.”
Weme follows in the footsteps of many of her family members who also came to TWU, including both of her parents and her uncle, Paul Weme, who is the university’s vice president of development.
Graduating from South Delta Secondary this year, the 5-foot-5 Sawchuk brings a variety of options to the Spartans as she can play either in the midfield or on the back line.
Sawchuk has played with a number of club teams, including Tsawwassen Thunder Metro, Coastal FC, Fraser Valley Action and NW Barcelona U18 Metro.
With those club teams, Sawchuk has won both a Metro League title, with the Tsawwassen Thunder, and a BCSPL league title, with Coastal FC. Sawchuk also once won the famed Donosti Cup in San Sebastian, Spain.
“I am very glad that Kiersten has chosen to be part of our Spartan family,” Roxburgh said. “She is a terrific addition both in terms of who she is as a person and as a player. I have been impressed with her dedication to training and her desire to continue to learn and grow. She is technically solid and I believe she has the potential to give us more options on our roster. She knows she is coming into a program where competition for places is going to be fierce but I believe she is willing to do what it takes to give herself and her teammates the best chance of improving every session, week in week out. I believe she will prove to be a valuable addition to our roster.”
With her high school side, Sawchuk helped her team to a fourth place finish at the 2013 provincial championship.
“I am attending TWU with the intentions of improving myself as a player, as a student, and as a person,” said Sawchuk, who plans to study arts and design. “I am excited to receive a quality education as well as explore the many different courses that are offered at TWU. I’m looking forward to becoming a part of such a fantastic team, as well as receiving excellent coaching to better myself as a player. Above all, I am eager to learn meaningful personal values through the community-like environment at TWU, so that I may continue to grow as a person.”
With Weme and Sawchuk, Roxburgh has now announced 11 incoming athletes, including defender Amy Gartke (Edmonton), defender/midfielder Kathleen Chin (Calgary), midfielder Leanne Verhoeff (Calgary), strikers Seina Kashima (Burnaby, B.C.), Danae Derksen (Delta), Casandra Silveri (Delta) and Natalie Arnett (Calgary) and goalies Rachel Sydor (Tsawwassen, B.C.) and Sophia Traxler (Calgary).