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Michaels named CCAA Women’s Soccer Player of the Year

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 Michaels named CCAA Women’s Soccer Player of the Year

Nov. 4, 2014 – Kayla Michaels’ record-breaking season has earned her the 2014 CCAA Women’s Soccer Player of the Year award.

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Michaels led the NAIT Ooks to a perfect 10-0 regular season. The Ooks outscored their opponents 75-3 and Michaels accounted for more than a third of those goals.

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She received the award at the 2014 CCAA Women’s Soccer National Championship banquet.

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“Kayla is a scoring machine who dominated the scoresheet, but she also helped her team at both ends of the field,” said Marlene Ford, the CCAA’s women’s soccer convenor. “She is great student-athlete and truly represents what the CCAA is all about.”

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Michaels broke the ACAC scoring record for goals in a season with 26 and also tied the record for most goals in a game when she scored seven times on Sept. 7.

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She was twice named the NAIT Female Athlete of the Week during the 2014 season.

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Michaels came to NAIT this season after a year off. She was a top scorer for the University of Alberta.

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“Kayla has been an amazing addition to the Ooks program this season,” said NAIT head coach Carole Holt. “We knew her previous CIS experience would add value to our team but her impact has gone above and beyond what we expected.”

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Throughout the 2014 season, Michaels was praised for her offensive numbers but her defensive game is underrated according to her coach.

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“She is also an excellent defender and when needed, her teammates know they can depend on her to work hard on both sides of the ball,” said Holt.

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Even with all of the personal accolades, Michaels is a great teammate. “She is extremely humble and always looking to deflect and share the recognition she receives,” said Holt.

As CCAA Player of the Year, Michaels receives a customized ring provided by Jostens Canada, the official ring supplier of the CCAA national championship awards banquet.

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Other nominees for the award were Marni McMillan of Douglas College (PACWEST), Tiffany Johnson of Cambrian College (OCAA), Chloe Ricciardi of John Abbott College (RSEQ) and Jessica Partridge of Mount Saint Vincent University (ACAA).

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The CCAA is a national sport organization enriching the academic experiences of student-athletes through intercollegiate sport.

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