LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western women’s soccer coach Graham Roxburgh officially unveiled his 2017 recruiting class Friday, with a group of five set to join the Spartans this fall, including defenders Aliya Coy (Calgary), Emily Killam (White Rock, B.C.) and Gina Minervini (Edmonton) and forwards Kathryn Harvey (Coquitlam, B.C.) and Isabella Roque (Surrey, B.C.).
Aliya Coy (Calgary)
The 5-foot-6 Coy comes to the Spartans via the well-travelled Calgary-to-Langley pipeline that has helped build the TWU women’s soccer program. Coy is also yet another player to come to TWU from the Calgary Foothills Soccer Club, where she was the captain of her 00s team for four years.
Coy, who will graduate from Centennial High School this year, trained within the prestigious Regional EXCEL program and most recently went on a tour to England with the team.
“Aliya is a fantastic athlete, who continues to get better and better as an attacking soccer player,” Roxburgh said. “She can play both as a winger or an outside back. She’ll bring competition to our team right away in terms of pushing to play. She loves to attack from an outside position and serves a great ball. More than that, she really fit into our culture. She loves the school and loves the ethos and you can tell that it is going to be a good fit.”
Coy, who plans to study human kinetics at TWU, said: “I feel as though Trinity Western offers an environment that will allow me to grow as an athlete, a student and a Christian and I can’t wait to join the team and start a new chapter in my life.”
Kathryn Harvey (Coquitlam, B.C.)
Harvey is returning to B.C. after playing lacrosse for one season at LIU Brooklyn in New York City. After graduating from Dr. Charles Best Secondary in 2015, Harvey spent the 2016 season with LIU in New York before deciding to return closer to home and switch to soccer.
In her freshman year at LIU Brooklyn, she started nine of the 15 games she played, finishing fifth on her team in points with 15 goals and eight assists.
Prior to her time in New York, the 5-foot-7 forward played her club soccer with New West Barcelona. With her high school team, Harvey helped lead Dr. Charles Best to a AAA provincial championship in 2015.
“I’ve known about Kathryn’s athletic abilities and attributes for three or four years, having coached her before in academy sessions,” Roxburgh said. “She’s a player who has electric pace and has an athletic maturity about her that I think will allow her to step in easily and contribute. She has good soccer IQ and good sport IQ and can play in a few different positions. She obviously has the experience of being a university athlete, so she’ll bring a level of maturity in terms of strength and conditioning and what it takes to be an elite athlete. She’s a delightful young lady and it was just a natural fit for her to come to TWU.”
Harvey said: “I chose to transfer to TWU because of the incredible atmosphere and people there. TWU also has a great Human Kinetics program that I am excited to get into as well. TWU is undoubtedly the place for me for soccer and for schooling.”
Emily Killam (White Rock, B.C.)
At 6-foot, Killam will add key depth to the Spartans defence and give TWU impressive size at the centre back position.
Killam, who will graduate from Elgin Park Secondary this year, most recently played her club soccer with Coastal FC.
“Emily is a girl who I have known for a few years and who I have watched develop in HPL (BC Soccer’s High Performance League),” Roxburgh said. “She has proven that she’s a good soccer player who has great size and can play either centre back or out wide. I think she will bring great depth to the squad. She’s been really well-coached and comes out of a really good club. She will be a great fit for our dressing room and I think she’ll bring a lot of great things to our team both on and off the field.”
Killam, who plans to take general studies in her first year at TWU, said: “I’m so excited to attend TWU and be part of such a close-knit team. I cannot wait to be a Spartan for the next five years and I’m looking forward to everything that this new adventure is going to bring.”
Gina Minervini (Edmonton)
The 5-foot-7 Minervini, who graduated from St. Francis Xavier High School in 2015, joins the Spartans this fall and will help bolster TWU’s back line.
At the club level, Minervini played with the Edmonton Internazionale Soccer Club for the last eight years.
“Gina has played at some good levels in Edmonton and showed great athletic speed and quickness,” Roxburgh said. “She looks like she’s going to be a player who will push for some minutes early on as an outside back. She loves to attack. She’s been out of high school for a year, so she comes to us with a little bit more maturity. When she came for her visit, she fell in love with the culture of the school and I think there is great potential for her to grow and develop within our squad.”
Minervini, who plans to study biology, said: “From the moment I interacted with the people and professors at TWU, I knew that this is where I wanted to spend my university years. The abundance of kindness shown by each and every person that I met while on campus makes me confident that I will succeed academically, athletically and spirituality.”
Isabella Roque (Surrey, B.C.)
The multi-faceted Roque, who will graduate from Holy Cross Regional this year, joins the Spartans with the potential to play a variety of roles, both up front and in the midfield.
The 5-foot-3 Roque has played with Surrey United since 2011 and became a regular call-up with her club’s senior women’s team. Most recently, she was a substitute in the provincial final, as the senior team captured the B.C. championship.
Roque has also represented B.C. three times, in U-14, U-15 and U-16.
“Isabella is a really quick and talented attacking soccer player, who can play as a forward, as a winger or as an attacking midfield,” Roxburgh said. “I love her tenacity and her heart and her skill. I think she’s going to push to play some good minutes in her first year. She’s played at some really good levels with Surrey United and has been coached well. She has shown that she can play at the next level when she gets called up to the senior women’s team. She’s also another kid who wanted to be part of our culture and will enhance our culture. She has great character and we’re really excited because we think she has a great upside.”
Roque, who plans to study kinesiology at TWU, said: “From the moment I was first exposed to the Spartan community, I felt at home. It’s a place where I can continue to embrace my faith with others, as well as develop academically, socially and athletically. I am so blessed to have been given this great opportunity and am looking forward to starting this new adventure.”