THUNDER BAY – The Lakehead Express Soccer Club (LEX) graduates are making their mark at their respective schools soccer seasons this year. Kelsey Tikka and Amanda Mithrush have helped the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks win the OUA Women’s soccer title in a 1-0 win over Queens. This win sends their team to PEI to represent Ontario for the National CIS title. Tikka was named OUA West Rookie of the year and Second Team All-Star for her stellar defensive skill. She was also named Laurier’s Athlete of the week for Nov.1-7. Mithrush provided solid offensive support by scoring four goals in her first regular season with the Golden Hawks. Laurier takes on University of British Columbia in the first round of the CIS Championship on November 11th at 4:00 p.m. (AST).
Sabrina Carew of Queens Golden Gaels will support her team at the National final as well representing Ontario East at the National tournament. Carew is in her first year of Biology at Queens and will be fighting for the starting spot in net next year as two of the teams veteran goalkeepers move on at the end of this season.
Kaitlyn Quarrell, who suits up for the Detroit Mercy Titans of the NCAA’s Division 1 Horizon League, started all 20 season games and lead her team with six goals and three assists. Quarrell netted the winning goal for the Titans in the first round of the league’s knockout tournament versus Cleveland. She scored her team’s only marker during the 2-1 loss in the second round to Indiana’s Butler University, whose roster featured former LEX teammate Olivia Colosimo. Quarrell was named to the All Newcomer team for her play in the tournament.
Olivia Colosimo’s Butler University Bulldogs finished as the first seed in the Horizon League but fell to the Milwaukee Panthers 5-0 in the championship match of the 2010 Horizon League Women’s Soccer Tournament. She finished the season with one goal and four assists. Colosimo has been invited back to train with the U20 Team Canada in Brazil in preparation for the U20 Women’s World Cup.
Eric Trochimchuk and the St. Scholastica Saints have earned a berth to the NCAA Division III National Tournament winning the UMAC Division Final defeating the University of Minnesota – Morris by a score of 4 -1at home. Trochimchuk heads into the finals with four goals and one assist, and will be looking to aid his team in scoring as they try to capture gold. The Saints meet Augsburg College in Whitewater, Wisconsin, November 13th, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.
Lakehead Express has a longstanding tradition of preparing and developing players to be the best they can be on and off the field. The club promotes all players for scholarship opportunities in Canada and the United States.