Jane Pope to join Memorial women's soccer team

The Memorial University women's soccer team got an early Christmas present this week as Jane Pope, one of Newfoundland and Labrador's most accomplished age group soccer players, committed to the program. Pope will join the Sea-Hawks roster next September.

 

Jane PopePope is a talented striker with a nose for the net who is currently completing her high school studies at Gonzaga. She has had an outstanding high school soccer career and has been a key member of several talented St. John's and provincial all-star teams that have had success on the national level.

 

The idea of playing at home in front of family and friends was the difference for Pope in making the decision to attend Memorial University.

 

She said, "Staying at home is really important to me. I am looking forward to playing at Memorial with some of my current teammates. The idea of being able to play regularly in front of family and friends at the university level is exciting."

 

The St. John's native is currently evaluating the different academic program options at Memorial.

 

She said, "I am leaning towards sciences, maybe chemistry or pharmacy. Right now I am checking out all of the options available."

 

Memorial head coach Walt Mavin is excited about having Pope join the team next September.

 

He said, "We have been watching Jane Pope play for the past few years with hopes that she would come to Memorial and we are very excited that she will be joining us next fall. She is a very skilled player who can score goals, and she will have an immediate impact up front for us."

 

At the U-16 Cups at the 2010 BMO National Championships Pope won the Golden Boot award as the top goal scorer award for the tournament.

 

She was also a key member of the provincial under 16 Atlantic championship team in 2011 that went on to win a silver medal at the nationals in Lethbridge, Alberta. The performance was the first time a Newfoundland and Labrador female soccer team ever made it to the national final game.

 

Pope has also been a two-time finalist for the Molson St. John's Female Athlete of the Year Award.