For the second time the UOIT Ridgebacks will have two women’s soccer players representing Team Canada at the FISU Games.
Both Kylie Bordeleau and Katherine Koehler-Grassau have been named to the 2017 Canadian squad for the second straight year, after attending the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea last year.
This year’s games will take place in Taipei, Taiwan beginning Aug. 19 with the team’s opening match on Aug. 20 against Ireland and wrapping up pool play against Mexico on Aug. 22.
Bordeleau and Koehler-Grassau both saw successful seasons with the Ridgebacks this year. They not only helped UOIT win the school’s first Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championship, but also followed that with a bronze medal at the U SPORTS national championship for the program’s first national medal.
Individually, prior to both championships Bordeleau received the OUA most valuable player award, while both were named first-team all-stars. At the national championship, they were both named All-Canadians.
“I’m excited to have Kylie and Kat back with us and strongly feel that after a great season they have had with us, they are more prepared to contribute to the Canadian team,” said UOIT head coach Peyvand Mossavat, who will also be coaching the Canadian team during the games. “They are both two years older and wiser, with more experience under their belt. They are fantastic ambassadors for our program and will be great representatives for Canada in Taipei.”
Among the selected athletes, 10 have previous Summer Universiade experience from 2015 in South Korea and four have represented Canada at the U-17 and U-20 national team camps – which includes World Cup appearances by two players.
Prior to the games the team will spend five days in California where they will be playing UCLA and the University of San Diego in preparation for their matches.