ROXBURGH ADDS IMPRESSIVE QUARTET TO 2016 RECRUITING CLASS
LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western women’s soccer coach Graham Roxburgh added four more key pieces for the 2016 season, as he officially announced the commitments of defender Elizabeth Hicks (Surrey, B.C.), striker/fullback Danielle Thune (Abbotsford, B.C.) and midfielders Lindsey Pegios (Surrey) and Taylor Bubnick (Saskatoon).
The quartet, which includes a B.C.-based trio that all played club soccer with Surrey United, puts Roxburgh’s 2016 class at six incoming athletes, including already committed striker Gabi Short (Calgary) and defender Kristen Sakaki (Surrey, B.C.).
Elizabeth Hicks (Surrey, B.C.)
The 5-foot-8 centre back will join her brother Andrew Hicks, who is the Spartans men’s soccer goalie, at TWU.
The Clayton Heights graduate-to-be will be an instant contributor to the Spartans as she joins Roxburgh’s roster after putting together an impressive resumé at both the club and high school level.
Hicks plays her club soccer with Surrey United and was the club’s Female Player of the Year in 2015. When she was a U15 player, she helped her side win the provincial championship.
In high school, she has been a member of the Clayton Heights senior girls soccer team since Grade 8 and, in 2015, won her schools’ Outstanding Athlete Award.
“Elizabeth is a wonderful addition to our program and I would anticipate her making an immediate impact on our team in a number of ways,” Roxburgh said. “She has demonstrated an ability to be a commanding presence in the back and has a fantastic ability to lead from the center back position. She is a great athlete, good at set pieces and reads the game very well. I can also see her having the ability to play in a few different roles on the field, so we are very excited about her versatility.
“More importantly, from the moment I first started interacting with Elizabeth, I knew were recruiting a very mature and culture-fit person. She has demonstrated leadership gifts and a team-first mentality in the times that I watched her play. She will be a fantastic member of our team and servant for our program in the years to come. I am delighted she chose TWU to continue her academic and athletic endeavours.”
Hicks, who plans to take general studies in her first year at TWU, said: “I am excited to have the opportunity to attend TWU. I believe the campus atmosphere will allow me to grow as a student and as an athlete. I will be able to continue to develop my leadership skills as I discover what is in my future.”
Lindsey Pegios (Surrey, B.C.)
Pegios will help solidify the Spartans midfield for years to come as she will join fellow Surrey United teammates Hicks and Thune with TWU this fall.
The 5-foot-2 centre midfielder, who will graduate from Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary this year, has a winning pedigree which includes a provincial championship in 2013 with Surrey United.
“I have been impressed with Lindsey’s soccer intelligence since the first time I saw her,” Roxburgh said. “She has an ability to play the right pass, to move the ball and to give us poise and intelligence from the midfield. She has also demonstrated a deceptive pace, and an ability to attack, especially from the outside, so we know we are recruiting a player who will give us depth and ability in a few areas. I look forward to watching Lindsey grow in many ways as part of our program. I have been impressed in our conversations with her desire to be a part of culture. Her competitive instincts will make her a very important player for us in the years to come.”
Pegios said: “Academically, TWU has a very successful nursing program that I am very grateful to have the opportunity to attend. Also, I’m very excited to spend the next five years playing the sport I love with such a great group of girls and great coaching staff. They have already made me feel so welcomed and I’m ready to take on what the future has in store for me at TWU.”
Danielle Thune (Abbotsford, B.C.)
Coming from W.J. Mouat, the 5-foot-7 Thune will bring versatility to the Spartans as she has experience as both a striker and fullback.
Thune comes to TWU after playing with Surrey United’s U18 side for the past two seasons. Prior to that, she played with Fraser Valley.
“I am pleased that a player with the athleticism and competitiveness that Dani possesses has chosen to be a part of our program,” Roxburgh said. “I am impressed with her commitment to her work rate, and to give everything when she plays. Dani has the attributes to play in a few different roles, as she can defend, she is tough in the tackle, and has an ability to get up and down the field. She is quick and strong, and could pose a threat to teams offensively. I like the fact that she will add to our competitive tone. She could have a very bright future, and will add to our program in many positive ways”
Beyond soccer, the multi-talented athlete has also earned recognitions in cross country, track and field, volleyball and basketball.
“Apart from the successful soccer program and the school of Human Kinetics, what interested me about TWU was the culture,” Thune said. “From the instant I was first invited to train with the team, I was surrounded by a determined and supportive group of players and coaching staff. I knew right away that this was where I wanted spend my university years. The people here constantly motivate and encourage you to be a better person and player.”
Taylor Bubnick (Saskatoon)
The 5-foot-6 Bubnick will join the Spartans with an already decorated past that includes three different stints training in Europe with the Swansea City Football Club.
The midfielder, who will graduate from St. Joseph High School, joined the Swansea City Ladies FC in Wales in 2015 and recently went on her third training stint with the team, having worked out with the club both last summer and last fall. The team plays in the Women’s Welsh Premier League and South Wales Ladies Football League.
“Taylor is a technically gifted player who has the ability to set the tempo of games with her vision, and her poise on the ball,” Roxburgh said. “She has the ability to be a solid contributor to our program in many dimensions. When she came for a visit, it was obvious to us that she would fit our culture, our program’s goals both on and off the field, and she has the temperament to be willing to do anything to both better herself and her teammates. I like her passion and character and believe she will bring an excitement for the game that is contagious. I could see from the first time I met her that she is dedicated and very coachable. Her overseas experience in Wales with Swansea will give her some valued experience as she begins to prepare to play at the next level. I like what she brings to our program on and off the field.”
Closer to home, she has been a member of the Saskatchewan High Performance Development Centre for the last six years, where she has developed into one of the province’s top up-and-coming players.
Bubnick, who plans to study kinesiology, said: “TWU is a place that I am confident will allow me to achieve academic and athletic success, while growing spiritually.”