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WSOC adds four recruits for upcoming season
WATERLOO, Ont. (June 25, 2013) - Fresh off three consecutive appearances at the CIS Championship, Wilfrid Laurier University women's soccer head coach BARRY MACLEAN has added four more pieces to his team for the 2013-14 season.

Suiting up for the Golden Hawks next year will be Jacky Normandeau of Uxbridge, Ont., Jessica Craig of Ajax, Ont., Tierney Dunham of Waterdown, Ont., and Nicole Lyon of Kitchener, Ont.

"This year's incoming group of athletes will help us address some holes that we have from last year's graduating group," said MacLean of the players that were announced on Friday. "They all bring versatility to our team while giving us good options in terms of size, speed, defence and finishing ability."

Normandeau, who was announced on Tuesday as a recruit for women's hockey, will begin her varsity athletic career at Laurier with women's soccer as a center back. A product of the Ajax Soccer Club, Normandeau is described by assistant coach Niki Budalic as a player who reads the game very well and can impose herself physically on the opposition's top players. She has enjoyed national success in the past as she was a member of the Ajax U14 squad that won the 2009 BMO National Championship.

Joining her from Ajax is Craig, a wing player who also played on the U14 national championship team in 2009. Budalic describes her as a quick and speedy left side player who is excellent on the dribble and running at defenders. She is known as an extremely competitive player who is dangerous in the attacking third, especially when whipping balls in from the touchline.

Dunham, another player on the left side who can play either defence or midfield, is a product of the St. Catharines Jets team. She is described by Budalic as a player who possess good vision and passing ability which makes her very effective when attacking on offence. On defence, she is feisty and aggressive which makes her excellent at marking opposition forwards. 

The final player to join the Hawks in 2013 is Lyon, a product of the Burlington Soccer Club who has decided to stay in Canada after originally committing to the NCAAs Kent State Golden Flashes. A striker who helped her team to an appearance in the 2011 Ontario Cup finals, Lyon is described by Budalic as a player who is strong on the ball and can run at defenders while also being able to finish around the net.

All four players will see their first action with the purple and gold on Friday, August 30 as Laurier opens the season on the road against the McMaster Marauders. The Hawks open the home portion of their schedule on Wednesday, September 4 when they host the Brock Badgers at University Stadium.
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