BURLINGTON, Ont. (November 2, 2017) - For the fifth time in the last eight seasons, a member of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s soccer team has been named the OUA West Most Valuable Player as Nicole Lyon
was recognized by the conference on Thursday afternoon.
Lyon, a native of Kitchener, Ont., who just completed her third season with the purple and gold, was a dominant force all season in the midfield. She scored four goals and added three assists, tied for second most in the conference this year, as she helped the Hawks finish third in the OUA West division with a 6-3-7 record.
Known for her deft footwork, playmaking ability, powerful shot and physicality, Lyon, who was also recognized as an OUA West First Team All-Star, has now tallied 30 goals in her career, the second most scored by a Laurier player since 2000. She joins Tania Pedron, Alyssa Lagonia and Emily Brown (twice) who have won the award since 2010.
Joining Lyon as OUA West First Team All-Stars this season include forward Maxine Murchie
of Kitchener, Ont., midfielder Pauline McCordic
of North Vancouver, B.C., and defender Ellie Reid
of Richmond, B.C.
Murchie, a first-time all-star who played her final season with Laurier in 2017, posted a team-best five goals this season along with two assists, giving her 23 goals for her career with the purple and gold. She also scored both of the Hawks’ goals in their first round playoff victory over the McMaster Marauders.
McCordic, who earns all-star nods for the second time after being named to the second team in her rookie campaign, made the move to midfield for Laurier this season and thrived. She scored three times on 16 shots in 2017, including two game-winning goals.
Finally Reid, in just her second year on the team, was recognized as an all-star for the first time in her career. She anchored a Laurier backline that conceded less than a goal a game this past season, helping the Hawks finish the season with the sixth-ranked defence in the conference.