MacEwan University’s soccer players are breaking new ground, as five Griffins student-athletes were named to the all-star or all-rookie teams for the Canada West athletic conference.
The conference, which includes 17 post-secondaries competing in 11 different sports, selects players for the all-star and all-rookie teams annually, and although these teams do not compete, it’s the league’s celebration of athletic excellence.
Four players from MacEwan’s women’s team, Jamie Erickson, Emily Burns, Suekiana Choucair and Hannah Supina, were named to the all-star/all-rookie teams. This is the greatest number of players selected for the honour from any Griffins team since the university joined Canada West in 2014. From the men’s team, first-year Everett Orgnero was named to the all-rookie team.
Meet the players:
Jamie Erickson is the only player in MacEwan women’s soccer history to be named as a Canada West first team all-star. Described as a “defensive rock” by head coach Dean Cordeiro, Jamie also tied for the Griffins’ scoring lead with four goals and seven points in 2018.
Goalkeeper Emily Burns made the all-star second team for the second time in her university career, after receiving the honour in 2016. This season, she was in the net for every Griffins game, where she’s known for making big saves under pressure.
Midfielder Suekiana Choucair was also selected for the all-star second team. Suekiana took the majority of the Griffin’s corner kicks and free kicks this season, standing out for her strong offensive abilities.
First-year student Hannah Supina was named to the conference all-rookie squad after starting 10 games for the Griffins in the challenging fullback position.
First-year striker Everett Orgnero set the record for most goals scored by a Griffins men’s soccer player in a single season. His eight-goal season earned him a place on the all-rookie team. Everett is the first MacEwan men’s soccer player to receive a conference honour.
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