Cape Breton University Women's Soccer Season Outlook
The National silver medalist, Cape Breton University Women's Soccer Program, is looking forward to another season of success. The CAPERS cruised through the 2017 regular season with an 11-0-1 record on the way to their 9th AUS Championship ('03, '05, '06, '07, '08, '10, '13, '15, and '17). The CAPERS were defeated in the championship game by the Montreal Carabins 1-0 in the U Sports National Championships held in Winnipeg. This season's team is looking to defend its AUS title and push themselves to earn their second National Title ('07).
Head Coach Ness Timmons is returning for his 23rd season in charge of the women's program. Under Timmons' watch, the CAPERS have captured 9 AUS titles and 1 National Championship. Timmons was named AUS Coach of the Year for the seventh time ('00, '02, '03, '07, '12, '13, '17) and U Sports National Coach of the Year for the third time ('00, '12, '17).
There will be some new faces in the starting lineup as the CAPERS do have some notable losses. Starting keeper, Lysianne Trottier (Barrie, ON), defender Robyn Novorolsky (Richmond Hill, ON), midfielder Alyssa Armstrong (St. John's, NL), forward Keona Simmonds (Brampton, ON) and all-position Tamara Brown (Whitby, ON) have all graduated or moved on from the program.
The CAPERS recruiting class has brought 6 new players this year, including Deshae Darrell (Sandys, BD), Erin Freeman (Halifax, NS), Reyhana Jean-Babtiste (Vaudreil, QC), Haley Kardas (Halifax, NS), Rebecca Lambke (Antigonish, NS) and Amy Lynch (Sydney, NS).
Many players will be returning to the pitch for the CAPERS, including homegrown player Becky Hanna (Howie Centre, NS), who will be back for her fifth and final year on defence. League MVP Ciera Disipio (Ottawa, ON) will be back to lead the CAPERS number 1 ranked offense.
Coach Timmons had this to say about the upcoming year, "The returnees have been very diligent with their summer training program and are excited to get things going. We will be facing big losses as we have graduated a number of key players who were among the best in the league in their positions. With this changing of the guard, it will be an opportunity to see some players step up and play bigger roles. As for the rookies, it provides a great chance for this group of young talented players to establish themselves right away."
The CAPERS open their season hosting the UNB Reds on Saturday, September 8th at 1.00 p.m. All community members are invited to join us for ORANGE OUT DAY.