Sarah George to join women’s soccer
By Kevin Ilomin on March 11, 2015
KELOWNA, B.C. – Women’s soccer coach Claire Paterson has continued to add to her cast of Calgary products in the 2015 recruiting class with Sarah George, who has decided to bring her talents and work ethic to the UBC Okanagan Heat roster starting in the fall.
The 5’4 midfielder will primarily look to fill the right outside flank for a young Heat squad that continues to develop towards its future in the CIS as it prepares to embark on its second tour in Canada West next year.
A passionate soccer enthusiast, George has focused her athletic endeavours to date exclusively on the turf since she was six years old. Currently playing for the Calgary Villains Soccer Club, she has been with the program since playing for the U12 team.
George admits that current Heat roster members in Susan Traynor and Sarah Coghlin were influential in her decision to come to the Okanagan, the latter two having also come from Calgary and at various times been fellow competitors.
She also has previously been teammates with Sarah Histed, Justine Hesch, and Anna Fuchshuber, all of whom have also committed to playing university soccer with the Heat, and currently plays alongside Histed with the Villains in Calgary.
“I’m super excited to be able to play with all these talented girls and for us to become a team,” George said. “I think being committed to a CIS-level team is a great accomplishment that I am really excited to experience. Seeing the campus previously and hearing many great things not only about the [program], but from an academic standpoint, I am enthralled to be coming to the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus.”
Paterson really locked her sights on George at the fall ID camp. “Sarah was a player we were interested in working with as she showed a lot of potential and a fantastic eagerness to work hard and get better,” the coach said of her latest addition. “A wylie winger, we are happy that [she] has decided to join our program.”
George understands the steepness of the transition to university life and CIS-level soccer, but is welcome to the challenge.
“As a young athlete, coming into a university setting and playing at the CIS level, I’m hoping to challenge myself mentally and physically,” she said. She remains optimistic of the end line of that journey, as she commented on the atmosphere of the team and school. “I am looking forward to be in such a positive athletic atmosphere … [It] was welcoming and taught me a lot about the group I will be playing with.”
George is still contemplating an educational path between Human Kinetics and Environmental Sciences, with an ambition to become a knee specialist and surgeon following the former, or else a geologist upon completing the latter.
You can catch George and rest of Heat women’s soccer next fall when they begin their second season in Canada West. Be sure to check back at goheat.ca for updated schedules as they become available.