(ISN) – LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western women’s soccer team has once again gone to Calgary to bolster its roster as coach Graham Roxburgh officially announced the signing of midfielder/striker Nicole Bolder (Calgary) and centre back Quinn Hardstaff (Calgary) Thursday.
The highly-touted duo will arrive at TWU next fall and will join a Spartans side that boasted 10 Calgarians on its roster this past season.
Quinn Hardstaff (Calgary)
The 5-foot-7 Hardstaff, who will graduate from Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School this year, comes to Langley already as household name amongst Canada’s elite as she trained with the National Training Centre for the better part of two years and also attended two national U17 training camps.
“I am absolutely delighted that Quinn will be joining our program in the fall,” Roxburgh said. “She is a great talent and an excellent central defender. Technically she is sharp and she reads the game well while also providing a calming presence at the back. She has already been recognized as a player with immense potential and ability, but the more and more I met with her, the more I got excited about her joining our program because of who she is as a person. Quinn has the ability and opportunity to make an immediate impact both on and off the field, and we are all excited about her joining us.”
Since 2006, she has played her club soccer with the Calgary Foothills Soccer Club, where she captained the Foothills 97 team throughout most of her time with the club. With her Foothills side, she finished fourth at the U14 national championships in 2011 and also won the prestigious Denver Cup, which features teams from North, Central and South America, in 2012.
Hardstaff also named to Team Alberta in each year she was eligible.
“I wanted to go to a place where I could find a top quality education and the highest level of women’s university soccer,” said Hardstaff, who plans to study pre-medicine. “At Trinity Western, I am truly getting the best of the both worlds.”
Nicole Bolder (Calgary)
The graduate-to-be of Bishop O’Byrne High School joins the Spartans as yet another Calgarian to come along what has become a very rich pipeline to TWU.
The 5-foot-6 midfielder/striker arrives at TWU as one of the top players in Alberta and was a member of Team Alberta from her U13 days through U16. Most recently, she was a member of the Regional Performance Centre in 2014 and played with Foothills in 2014-15.
“We met Nicole a few years ago and since then we have recognized that she would be an outstanding addition to our program because of what she can add both on and off the field,” Roxburgh said. “She embraced the culture and atmosphere both of the university and of our program and I was delighted to hear how interested she was in joining us.
“Nicole is going to be a great attacking player for us and we love her charisma and energy. She is technically very sound, shows lots of ability to attack and create, and constantly demonstrates a work ethic and drive to become a better player. She will bring added competition for attacking places right away and we know we have recruited a player and person who will embrace the culture that we have grown within the program. Nicole is a great addition to our program and I am excited to see her don the Spartan colours.”
Prior to her time with Foothills, Bolder won a bronze medal at the 2012 national championships with the Calgary’s NSD Saints. While with Team Alberta, she captured bronze at the 2013 national tournament.
Playing with her high school side, she went to the city finals in Grade 10 and Grade 12 and was the team’s captain in her senior season.
“I am very excited to be attending TWU in the fall and am excited for the opportunities the school and soccer program will bring me,” said Bolder, who plans to study business. “TWU is a great place for me to grow and develop as a person and I look forward to having the support of my future teammates and coaching staff.”
This past season, the Spartans women’s soccer team captured the Canada West regular season title, with a 10-1-1 record, and the playoff championship, before earning a silver medal at the CIS national championship.