Manitoba Bisons women’s soccer assistant coach and former Bison Desiree Scott has been named to the official Team Canada 20 player roster for the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Soccer Olympic Qualifying.
Eight CONCACAF nations will compete for two available spots to the London 2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. Group A features Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba and Haiti while Group B features USA, Mexico, Guatemala and Dominican Republic. The 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying runs 19-29 January at BC Place. Canada's first three matches are 19 January against Haiti, 21 January against Cuba, and 23 January against Costa Rica.
With Scott earning her Team Canada roster spot, this caps her amazing season. Scott, 24, represented Canada in three international events while joining the Manitoba Bisons women’s soccer team as an assistant coach in 2011. The Winnipeg native started the year as part of the Canadian National Women’s Soccer team winner of the 2011 Cyprus Women’s Cup in March 2011. Scott played in the finals and then also played in the other three matches that Canada won.
She became the first Manitoba-trained player to participate in a FIFA Women's World Cup. Scott played in two Cup games, after being selected to the 21 player roster, during the end of June in the world's biggest women's sporting event.
Finally to end the year, Scott was on the pitch for the full 120 minutes in the Pan Am Games final as the Canadian National Women’s Soccer team earned their first-ever gold medal at a Pan American Games after securing a 1-1 (4-3 victory on penalty kicks) against Brazil in the finals at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico at the end of October. She started four of five games (played in all five) and started both of the playoff matches at the Pan Am Games.
Scott has also been nominated for 2011 Manitoba’s Female Athlete of the Year.
The former Bison Sports Female Athlete of the Year (2009-10), Scott made a huge imprint on the Manitoba Bisons women’s soccer program as a player during her illustrious five-year career. She earned four total conference All-Star recognition (First Team: 2008, 2009; Second Team: 2005, 2006) along with being named 2005 Canada West Rookie of the Year. The Winnipeg native registered 58 points (32g, 26a) in 64 conference regular season games.