Six members of the University of Alberta Pandas soccer team (one current, five recruits) are making their stamp at the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Anna Dunn (Current Panda), Brooke Lang (2017 recruit), Cara Lang (2017 recruit), Lauren Murphy (2017 recruit), Megan Duro (2017 recruit), and Mackenna Parks (2018 recruit) have helped Team Alberta to a fourth-place finish of the quadrennial summer competition, held this year in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
"This is huge for the development of some of our younger and future Pandas soccer athletes." said Pandas head coach Liz Jepsen. "The experience they will gain at the Canada Summer Games will be instrumental for their transition from youth soccer to the University level. I really think the success these athletes have will carry over to our varsity season this fall, and give them the confidence to play their best on the biggest stage."
Team Alberta drew a tie with Newfoundland and Labrador (1-1 PK), before dispatching British Columbia (3-0) and Manitoba (2-0) to book their spot in the national semifinal. Alberta, however, dropped a 1-0 decision in the semifinal, and will now play Nova Scotia in the bronze medal match.
"It's always great to see our province do well at these games." continued Jepsen. "It shows that we in Alberta are not only developing outstanding soccer players, but also improving the Canada varsity landscape by keeping our best student-athletes at home."
Held every two years, and alternating between winter and summer sport events, the Canada Games pits the best young athletes Canada has to offer. The games originated in 1967, with over 75,000 having competed in the 26 events.
Tonight's medal matches will be webcast live at CanadaGames.ca, while the gold medal final will be available online, and televised live on TSN2 at 6:00 p.m. MST.