Golden Hawk women’s soccer training camp is under way and head coach BARRY MACLEAN
is very excited. The Hawks are hosting the 1999 CIAU Women’s Soccer Championships and because of this, they will automatically qualify to play for the top prize in Canadian women’s soccer. The CIAU championships are to be held at University Stadium from November 11th to 14th.
With this said, it appears that MacLean has good reason to look forward to the beginning of the season. Laurier has always had a good women’s soccer program and can already boast two national championships in the 1990s. With some additional help up front and home field advantage in the CIAU Championships, the team hopes that it is on the right track to adding its third national title in this decade.
“Last year we had problems scoring goals,” said coach MacLean. “We feel that we have corrected this problem, but the graduation of some of last year’s defensive starters has left some holes.”
To fill the defensive holes the Hawks will look primarily to midfielder Cathy Jackson who is a proven defender with excellent leadership qualities. Andrea Devlin
and Colleen Barnham will also be called upon to play bigger defensive roles, while Jaana Koponen
will be relied upon heavily as an offensive spark plug.
“Training camp has been great so far. The attitude has been excellent and the players are very optimistic. We are looking forward to getting the season under way," said coach MacLean
The OUA, as always, will provide a tough schedule for the Hawks. Western, who were last year’s national champions, and McMaster figure to be the Hawks strongest competition in 1999.
When asked about his goals for the season, coach MacLean was quick to answer.
“Our goal is to win the national championship on our home field at Laurier,” stated MacLean. “Being involved in that tournament at our own school gives us a tremendous opportunity. We will keep improving and try to be prepared for the great opportunity that has been presented to us.”