Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team has added another young defender to its roster for the 2017-18 Canada West season.
The ‘Pack and head coach Kelly Shantz are announcing that 5’7” Rylee Singleterry of Clayton Heights Secondary in Surrey, BC has signed a letter of intent and will join the program in August. Singleterry plays club soccer for TSS Black in Richmond, BC.
“Landing Rylee in our class of 2018 is exciting for us, “says Shantz. “TSS kids are well versed on a wide range of skills and that is pretty rare these days. Rylee is typically an outside defender and has shown to be solid technically, unafraid of the physical demands of the position and has a real flair for jumping into the attack on joining the offense, which is something we need to improve a lot on this year.”
“What I found most appealing about Thompson Rivers was the athletic facility and the team was very welcoming, “stated Singleterry, who toured Kamloops, TRU and Hillside Stadium in February. “ I felt comfortable right away. Singleterry will be taking courses aimed at earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at Thompson Rivers. She chose the school after investigating similar programs at Fraser Valley, UBC Okanagan and Wilfred Laurier.
“I would say my strengths are that I am responsible, adaptable, determined and outgoing,” Singleterry adds.
She helped her team win the Metro Women’s Soccer League Select “A” Cup this past year and has been coached by Brendan Quarry who is the Girls Technical Director of TSS Academy and TSS FC. “Rylee has been training and playing for us for a number of years. We discovered her in the TSS weekend academy. She had a raw athleticism about her and fearlessness in running with the ball. Once we pulled her into our full time program she started to thrive. At that time, she played center back and loved to jump up into the play. As she progressed through TSS FC, Rylee started playing out on the flank where she could use her pace with more freedom.”
Stated Quarry: “Rylee has exceptional ability which helps her do some very dynamic things on the field. Whenever she’s brimming in self-belief, she can terrorize defenders with her stop and starts and changes in speed. She can also settle a ball down out of the air effortlessly, which continues to impress me. Not unlike most younger players, it will take Rylee some time to adjust playing at the university level and dealing with increased competition for playing time. As Rylee gets more physical strength and builds her mental fortitude, I’m hopeful that she will make an impact at that level.”
Singleterry seems to agree with those comments on what it will take for her to earn a regular spot with the WolfPack. “I also need to stay focused and strive to be the best I can be.”
TRU head coach Shantz has confidence in her as well. “I think Rylee has a good opportunity to step right in and contribute as a freshman. Like the rest of her class, Rylee interviewed very well, having a positive attitude towards the game but also life and team chemistry. She should be a positive ‘team room’ addition as well.”
The WolfPack open their 2017 training camp in mid-August.
Singleterry joins fellow WolfPack recruits: Emily Mann (5’5”, midfield, Kamloops, BC-South Kamloops Secondary/KYSA U-18), Olivia Bates (5’5’, Centreback, Courtney, BC /G.P Vanier Secondary/Upper Island Riptide VIPL), Camryn Curts (5’6”,centremid, Mark R. Isfeld Secondary/Upper Island Riptide VIPL), Abbie Simms (5’8”, forward, Carihi Secondary/Upper Island Riptide, VIPL).