2018 Pandas Soccer Season Preview

    Pandas open their season this Saturday in Calgary

    By Connor Hood on September 4, 2018

    EDMONTON – The 2018 Canada West women's soccer season hits full gear this weekend, and to get you ready, here's a look at the 2018 Alberta Pandas. 

    You can watch extensive CW WSOC action all season long by tuning into Canada West TV – the official streaming home of Canada West.

    ALBERTA PANDAS

    2018 CW pre-season coaches poll rank: 4th

    2017 CW regular season record: 10-2-2, 1st in Prairie

    2017 CW post-season record: 0-1, lost in CW quarter-final

    Head coach: Liz Jepsen (14th season) / 104-45-29 (CW career regular season record) 

    Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2013 / 8

    Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 2001 / 3 

    2017 CW regular season ranks:

    Offence: 28 goals for, 4th in CW
    Defence: 6 goals against, T-1st in CW 

    2017 CW regular season leaders:

    Goals: 6 – Sydney Daines, forward
    Assists: 4 – Sydney Daines and Jamie Pasemko, forwards
    Points: 10 – Sydney Daines, forward
    Wins: 5 – Cassie Bazzarelli and Rebecca Reif, goalkeepers
    Shutouts: 4 – Cassie Bazzarelli and Rebecca Reif, goalkeepers 

    Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):  

    McKenna Parks / Forward / 1 / Edmonton, AB / Edmonton Scottish
    Mckayla Brault / Midfield / 1 / Sherwood Park, AB / Sherwood Park Phoenix
    Ashton Engler / Goalkeeper / 1 / Edmonton, AB / Edmonton Raiders
    Emma Berrett / Midfield / 1 / Edmonton, AB / Edmonton Green and Gold

    Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

    Jamie Pasemko / Defender / Edmonton, AB / 5

    Key performer:

    Sydney Daines
    Forward
    5th-year
    Innisfail, AB

    Acting as the focal point of the talented Pandas offence, Sydney Daines will once again be counted upon to lead Alberta into the playoffs. The fifth-year forward led the Pandas with six goals and 10 points last season, being named a Canada West first team all-star. Alberta enters the season with one of their most experienced and deep teams under head coach Liz Jepsen, and another all-star season from Daines could see them capture their 9th Canada West Championship.