The Manitoba Bison women’s soccer team embarks on their fifth season in the Canada West conference. They are pleased to announce the team captains for the upcoming 2009 season.
The players chose Bison fifth year attacker/midfielder Desiree Scott as captain and third year defender Michelle Kliment as assistant captain. This is the third consecutive season as a team captain (she was also an assistant in 2006) for Scott and second consecutive season as assistant for Kliment.
Bison women’s soccer coach Walt McKee commented, “Both players have been good ambassadors for our program as ‘Dezzy’ has been in a leadership role for the majority of time with Manitoba while Michelle has continued to be a leader in only her third year.”
Kliment, 20, enters her third year with the Bisons in 2009. In 2008, she started in all 14 regular season games plus all three playoff matches and added one assist from the defense position. In 2007, she was a starter at the defender position in nine of 14 regular season games plus started in two playoff games while adding three shots on goal.
Scott, 22, starts her fifth and final season at Manitoba in 2009. She earned her third conference All-Star recognition (Second Team: 2005, 2006; First Team: 2008) in her four year career plus was named Canada West Rookie of the Year in 2005. In 2008 season, Scott was tied for third in Canada West with 12 points (8g, 4a) and tied for fourth with eight conference goals. The Winnipeg native finished tied for seventh with four conference assists. Scott was also selected as CIS and Canada West Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending September 21/08. In addition, she was also selected for Team Canada squad that played in the 2009 Summer Universiade (World University Games), the second time she earned this honour (also played for Team Canada in 2007).
Bison women’s soccer notes: The Herd completes training camp and begins the 2009 season on the road with two games. They travel to play the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Saturday, September 12 at 1 p.m. CT and then travel to play the Calgary Dinos on Sunday, September 13 at 1 p.m. CT. The first home match is against the Saskatchewan Huskies on Saturday, September 19 (Homecoming Day) starting at an early time of 10 a.m. All home games are played at University Stadium.
2009 Bisons Women’s Soccer Canada West Preview
Team: Manitoba Bisons
Name of Stadium: University Stadium
Head coach: Walt McKee/entering his 5th year
Conference: Canada West
2008 CW Standings finish?: 4th place, 22 points
2008 CW Tournament/Playoff placing?: Canada West Quarter Final: Manitoba defeated Alberta 4-0; Canada West Semi Final: Manitoba lost 2-1 (SO) to Victoria; Canada West bronze medal: Manitoba lost 1-0 to UBC
2008 CIS Nationals Placing?: Did not qualify
2008 Overall Record?: 11-8-1
2008 Conference Record?: 7-6-1
Last CW Title?: None
Last CIS Title?: None
After two heartbreaking season-ending losses (shootouts in 2008 and double overtime in 2007 during conference semi-finals) that thwarted the Manitoba Bisons women’s soccer team from making the CIS National Championship stage, the squad has refocused and rededicated its effort to make their initial goal of earning their first ever CIS Nationals appearance in the program’s five year history.
The Bisons have five original players playing this season (2007 Canada West Second Team All-Star Stephanie Rurak will not be able to play due to injury) from year one lineup and will be leaned upon to provide the leadership and drive. The team is led upfront by team captain Desiree Scott and speedy striker Caley Miskimmin. Fifth year Scott is returning to Manitoba after being selected for Team Canada squad that played in the 2009 Summer Universiade (World University Games) plus was a 2008 Canada West First Team All-Star. Fifth year Miskimmin was named 2008 Canada West Second Team All-Star after being second in Canada West scoring with 13 points (7g, 6a) in 2008. Also returning for a fifth year is defenders Jennifer Campbell, Dana Baker and forward Lianna Bestvater. All three players have been integral parts of the program over the years.
In addition to the seniors, goalkeeper Ashley Forbes returns for her fourth campaign and looks to rebound back to her sophomore form when she was fifth in conference in save percentage and had four shutouts. At midfield, fourth year Kathryn Ateah and second year Alison Kastner have both made impacts on both sides of the pitch. At the defender position, assistant captain and third year Michelle Kliment leads an experienced back-end with fifth year Baker, third year Carrie Nash and second year Julie Lafreniere. Three rookies that are expected to produce an impact are forward Cesha Hedley, defender Gillian Sidon and goalkeeper Hayleigh Bell.
As the 2009 season commences, 17 of the 25 players return to the full Bisons roster while nine of the 11 starters will return for the Bison squad. The strength of the Bisons includes the depth, conditioning and flexibility of players to play different position coupled with the immense Canada West experience.
Head coach Walt McKee feels the first half is critical to set-up the season and finish off strong with home games at the end of the regular season. He feels the defence has improved over the last four years and the offense has been a strong point throughout for the team. He also commented that the team must be more consistent against the tough competition of the conference. McKee explained, “the team has finally got to the point that they have seen what it takes to reach the next step. This season, if we don’t achieve and surpass last season results then it will be a disappointment as we believe we have the talent to be among the top teams in Canada West.”