June 04, 2015 - 5:05 PM
KAMLOOPS - It took five years, but finally Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer coach Tom McManus has got his prospect.
McManus and the WolfPack are pleased to announce that midfielder Brianna Powrie has agreed to join the CIS program to complete her university eligibility starting this August. Powrie, a graduate of South Kamloops Secondary and the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association has spent the last four years at Quest University Canada in Squamish, B.C.
“I have wanted Bri as a WolfPack player since I took over the team,” McManus said. “She was still in high school at the time but I knew she was a player that I wanted. I am very happy to have her here even though it is just for one season.”
“I just wanted to come home and play with some girls that I have played with in the past,” says Powrie, who will be taking a number of science courses after achieving a liberal arts and science degree at Quest. “ I have been thinking about this for the last two years.”
The 5’6” Powrie played minor and summer soccer in the PCSL with WolfPack teammates Katie Sparrow, Taylor Miller and Taylor Shantz. Shantz too is playing her final year of eligibility with Thompson Rivers.
“We have a lot of memories from REP and summer time soccer,” she adds. “It will be really cool to add this chapter. It will be a lot of fun.”
“Bri is a very steady central midfielder,” says McManus. “She has great vision on the field and is an excellent passer. She can break up the play from the other team and start our attack. She is a great leader.”
Powrie was the captain of her Quest squad.
“I think one of my strengths is leadership. It will help that I know a few players on the WolfPack so when I come in I can take that role quicker. I have been told a lot that I am quite aggressive which will be an asset as well.”
She adds that her passing game has developed over the last few years which will be a benefit as she moves up from PACWEST to the CIS/Canada West.
“I am confident in my ability to play CIS.” Powrie adds. “Playing for the Kamloops Heat the last four years we have played against teams made up of players from UBC and UVIC. I think we kept up pretty well with them. I was able to keep up with my check so I am confident in my ability. I am very excited to better competition than I was used to.”
Powrie looks forward to Sept. 26 — the first time she will step onto the pitch at Hillside Stadium as a member of the home side rather than the opposition.
“It is going to be strange but fun,” she laughs.
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