Six Griffins women’s soccer players named to Canada West all-star and all-rookie teams — the most ever by any MacEwan team
Accolades are rolling in after the MacEwan Griffins women's soccer team wrapped up its best regular season in program history, claiming a division title for the first time with a 9-2-3 record.
Six players were named to Canada West all-star and all-rookie teams — the most the Griffins have had in any sport since joining the conference in 2014.
Goalkeeper Emily Burns, defender Jamie Erickson and midfielder Suekiana Choucair were voted to the Canada West first all-star team, while midfielder Kristyn Smart and forward Meagan Lemoine earned second all-star team honours. Midfielder/defender Sofia DiGiacomo was named to the Canada West all-rookie team.
"To have five all-stars and six with the all-rookie is impressive," says Dean Cordeiro, head coach. "They're quality footballers, but above all that, they're quality students and have high character. For me, it's the culture that we have here and to see six of our players get this recognition within the conference is something that I'm very proud of."
Emily Burns is one of three Griffins named to the Canada West first all-star team (Chris Piggott photo).
Jamie Erickson has been named to the conference first all-star team in back-to-back seasons (Chris Piggott photo).
Suekiana Choucair's record-breaking season landed her on the Canada West first all-star team for the first time in her career (Chris Piggott photo).
Kristyn Smart, who returned to the Griffins for one final season 100 per cent recovered from knee injuries that interrupted her university career, earned a second team all-star nod (Chris Piggott photo).
Meagan Lemoine, seen performing one of her jaw-droppingly powerful throw-ins, earned the first all-star nod of her career after scoring six times for the Griffins this season (Robert Antoniuk photo).
Sofia DiGiacomo was on the field for every single one of MacEwan's final eight games of the season, filling in for injured defender Samantha Gouveia. She also scored four times — a huge performance for the rookie (Chris Piggott photo).
Source: MacEwan Athletics, originally published October 24, 2019.