OTTAWA (April 18, 2013) - Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks defender Kelsey Tikka
of Thunder Bay, Ont., was one of 20 student-athletes announced on Thursday who will represent Canada in women's soccer at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia from July 6-17.
Tikka, who is a two-time CIS All-Canadian and was recently named the recipient of Laurier's President's Award for the 2012-13 season as the top female athlete at the University, is one of six defenders who was named to the team. She also becomes the second Golden Hawk women's soccer player to compete at the biennial event joining former teammate Alyssa Lagonia of Kitchener, Ont., who competed for Canada in 2011.
The 2010 CIS Rookie of the Year and three-time OUA West All-Star is the only athlete from the OUA West division to be named to the squad.
Canada is coming off a strong performance at the 2011 Universiade in Shenzhen, China, when the team finished fifth out of 12 countries to equal its best-ever result at the biennial tournament. The Canadians had also placed fifth in 2005 in Turkey as well as in 1993, when the sport made its Universiade debut in Buffalo.
In Kazan, the Maple Leaf squad will compete in the preliminary round in Pool B against Mexico (July 5), Ireland (July 7) and China (July 9). The gold-medal final of the 12-team competition is scheduled for July 15.
The Chinese should prove a formidable opponent as they are the reigning FISU champions from 2011 and had also won the inaugural Universiade tourney back in 1993. China claimed silver in 2005 and bronze in 2003.
Canada and China also battled in pool play two years ago, with the host country and eventual gold medallist prevailing 1-0.
The Canadians won their other two preliminary round matches, 2-0 over Great Britain and 3-0 against Taiwan, to finish second in their group. Following a disappointing 6-0 loss to silver medallist Japan in the quarterfinals, the Canucks rebounded with victories over South Korea, 3-2, and Russia, 1-0, to complete the competition with a 4-1-1 overall record.
TEAM CANADA ROSTER
Position Name University Hometown
Goalkeeper Rachel Bedek Carleton St. Thomas, Ont.
Goalkeeper Kristen Funk Trinity Western Calgary, Alta.
Defender Kelly Cook UBC Maple Ridge, B.C.
Defender Jilian Dietrich Trinity Western Calgary, Alta.
Defender Julie Lafreniere Manitoba Winnipeg, Man.
Defender Victoria Saccomani Alberta Edmonton, Alta.
Defender Colleen Webber Trinity Western Calgary, Alta.
Midfielder Natalie Boyd Trinity Western Surrey, B.C.
Midfielder Constance De Chantal Dumont Montreal Saint-Alexandre, Que.
Midfielder Elise Emmott Alberta Edmonton, Alta.
Midfielder Julia Francki Ottawa Orleans, Ont.
Midfielder Veronica Mazella Carleton Sudbury, Ont.
Midfielder Carleigh Miller Alberta St. Albert, Alta.
Midfielder Jaclyn Sawicki Victoria Coquitlam, B.C.
Forward Meagan Cormier Regina Regina, Sask.
Forward Julia Ignacio Alberta Edmonton, Alta.
Forward Pilar Khoury Ottawa Ottawa, Ont.
Forward Heather Lund Alberta Red Deer, Alta.
Forward Jackie Tessier Queen's Winnipeg, Man.
Position Name University Hometown
Head coach Liz Jepsen Alberta St. Albert, Alta.
Assistant coach Steve Johnson Ottawa Ottawa, Ont.
Team leader Tino Fusco Mount Royal Calgary, Alta.
Goalie coach / Video Krista Gavin Alberta Edmonton, Alta.
UNIVERSIADE POOLS & SCHEDULE:
Pool A: Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, South Africa
Pool B: China, CANADA, Mexico, Ireland
Pool C: Japan, Brazil, Great Britain, Estonia
July 5: Canada vs. Mexico
July 7: Canada vs. Ireland
July 9: Canada vs. China
July 11-15: Placement matches
July 15: Tournament final
CANADA'S RESULTS IN WOMEN'S SOCCER AT THE UNIVERSIADE:
Women's soccer made its Universiade debut as a demonstration sport at the 1993 Buffalo Games, when the tournament was held in Hamilton, Ont. The sport became an official Universiade discipline in 2001.
2011 (Shenzhen, China): 5th / 12 teams
2009 (Belgrade, Serbia): 7th / 16
2007 (Bangkok, Thailand): 10th / 16
2005 (Izmir, Turkey): 5th / 12
2003 (Daegu, South Korea): 10th / 12
2001 (Beijing, China): 11th / 12
1993 (Buffalo, USA): 5th / 6