SYDNEY, N.S. — Amy Lynch never expected to be playing soccer in the Atlantic University Sport this season.
Lynch was planning on attending Cape Breton University this year, but it wasn't until her last game of high school soccer last season that she was approached by the Capers women's soccer program.
"When I got to the field for my last game my coach told me that the CBU coach (Stephen (Ness) Timmons) was coming to the game to watch me," laughed the Sydney resident.
"It was a total shock and not something I was expecting – It was really surprising."
The 18-year-old admits she felt pressure to perform in her final game with the Sydney Academy Wildcats with Timmons on the sidelines watching.
"I was really nervous at first, but I honestly forgot about it once I got into the game and I just played like I usually do," said Lynch. "It was nerve-wracking, but as soon as I got into the flow, I was perfectly fine."
- Hometown: Sydney
- Age: 18
- Position: Midfield
- Previous team: Sydney Academy Wildcats (Cape Breton High School Soccer League)
- She is in her rookie season with the Cape Breton Capers
Today, Lynch is in her rookie campaign with the Capers and is slowly adjusting to the Atlantic University Sport.
"It's a faster pace and obviously there are a lot of things that I need to work on moving forward – it's only my first year," said the midfielder. "It's quicker on the ball, movement, plays, everything is way quicker than high school.
"I've been practising quite a bit and I feel that I'm getting better on and off the field, so I think I'm doing OK."
Lynch began her soccer career at the age of four, playing with the Whitney Pier Minor Soccer Association during the summer months.
She later went on to play with the Sydney Academy soccer program, before eventually landing a spot with the Capers.
"All of my coaches really pushed me to get here today and that's why I'm the player I am," said Lynch.
Born and raised in Cape Breton, Lynch is thrilled to have the opportunity to play for her hometown university.
"It's amazing to be part of this team," said Lynch with a smile. "The girls and coaching staff are awesome and they're very helpful on and off the field, making the transition really easy."