WATERLOO, Ont. (August 29, 2014) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s soccer team will open their defence of the OUA Championship Saturday afternoon when they host the Windsor Lancers in their 2014 home opener at University Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Season tickets and individual game tickets can be purchased by visiting tickets.laurierathletics.com.
Coming off their second conference title in four years, head coach BARRY MACLEAN has added a number of talented players to his roster in hopes of becoming the first team to repeat as OUA champions in 12 years.
New faces to the lineup in 2014 include three members of KW United FC and Kitchener, Ont., natives Nicole Lyon, Maxine Murchie and Julie Karn, along with highly-touted rookies Dajana Solomun of Mississauga, Ont., Kassia Hayek of Burnaby, B.C. and Pauline McCordic of North Vancouver, B.C. All six players figure to see plenty of playing time this year behind a solid group of returning veterans.
Headlining the veteran core for Laurier are co-captains Emily Brown of Waterloo, Ont., and Kelsey Tikka of Thunder Bay, Ont. Both former All-Canadians, Brown led the OUA in scoring for the second consecutive season in 2013, and has 42 career goals to her name with the purple and gold, while Tikka is widely regarded as the top defender in the conference.
In the midfield, Laurier returns two-time OUA First Team All-Star Katie Bishop of Surrey, B.C., fifth year winger Julie Maheu of Oakville, Ont., and fourth year centre midfielder Jacqueline Lence of Mississauga, Ont. All three players were starters for the Hawks a year ago and have the ability to impact a game both offensively and defensively.
Across the back, Tikka anchors a formidable back four that also includes double OUA Championship-winner in 2013 Jacky Normandeau of Uxbridge, Ont., along with OUA Second Team All-Star Sarah Farano of Oakville, Ont. They will work to keep defenders away from goalkeeper Maggie Carmichael of Orono, Ont., who moves into the starting role after serving as backup to Katrina Ward for the past two seasons.
The first test facing the Hawks as they begin their quest to repeat as conference champions comes in the form of the Windsor Lancers. Laurier and Windsor battled twice during the regular season a year ago with the Hawks coming out victorious 4-0 on home field but losing 1-0 on the road to the Lancers. The Hawks will look to establish possession early against Windsor as they look to duplicate their four goal win against the Lancers from a year ago.
A good start against Windsor will also help to set Laurier up for their season-long five game road trip which follows their home opener. That stretch of games begins Sunday when they travel across University Ave. to take on the Waterloo Warriors at Warrior Field starting at 1 p.m. The Hawks will then face Western, Guelph and Algoma for a pair of games before returning home against the Brock Badgers on Wednesday, September 17.