Co-op Highlanders program sees several players debuting in CIS for upcoming campaign

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Co-op Highlanders program sees several players debuting in CIS for upcoming campaign

VICTORIA – The 2014 Peninsula Co-op Highlanders season has come to a close, with several members of the squad moving to University programs. The Peninsula Co-op Highlanders and the women’s reserves both enjoyed successful campaigns in the PCSL League with both squads claiming their league title.

The Co-op Highlanders claimed their first ever Dave Fryatt Challenge Cup in team history while the reserves were runner-up to the Bill Gillespie Challenge Cup.

In all, nine players are graduating from the Highlanders’ program and heading to a university program. Two members from the Highlanders and seven players from the women’s reserves will make the jump to the collegiate level. Having players jump to university during the fall is a top goal for the Highlanders Prospects Program.

“It is extremely important that we do our best to give our athletes the best opportunity to further their education while playing in top-level programs,” explained Co-op Highlanders head coach Dave Dew. “Having all the players that graduated enter a university program is a credit to the club’s goals.”

Forward Marisa Livingstone will make the jump to Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack while Brianna Wright, who recorded three goals in the Challenge Cup playoffs, will move to the University of Regina Cougars. Midfielders Ali Murtland and Jasmine Cooper will both attend the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds and the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat respectively.

Meanwhile, five Highlanders will commit to the University of Victoria Vikes program. Midfielders Katie Carrothers, Alynn Dagg, Olivia Swinton, and Kiana Cowger will join the Vikes as will first team defensive stand out Jaymie Cawley.

“With five players graduating to the Vikes program this fall, it is confirmation of the local partnership between the University of Victoria Vikes Women’s Soccer team and the Highlanders Girl’s Prospects Program,” added Dew. “Developing local players who want to stay home and represent their city’s university is extremely important to us.”

Canada West of Canada Interuniversity Sport boasts 17 women’s soccer clubs across western Canada. The UBC Thunderbirds are five-time winners of the CIS Women’s Soccer Championship, while the Vikes won it all in 2005.

“The Highlanders’ program has many links and there are many synergies between our programs,” noted Vikes’ head coach Tracy David. “Dave Dew and the rest of the Highlanders staff run a great program so I know that players coming out of the Highlanders’ program have the necessary background and training in order to compete at the university level.”

For more information the Co-op Highlanders and the women’s reserves and to follow each players’ progress throughout the 2014-15 CIS season, please visit www.highlandersfc.ca.

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