The Sea-Hawks women's soccer team adds two new recruits to their already impressive roster. Head coach Mike Power hopes to strengthen his squad by bringing in defensive player Sarah Woodford of Newfoundland and attacker Zaida Pierce of Nova Scotia for the 2019 season.
Woodford is a 5'11 centre back who has represented her province of Newfoundland competitively for several years. Her team won a gold medal in Atlantic competition in both 2014 and 2018. Not only is Woodford an excellent athlete, but also an exemplary student. She has been on the Principles list for three years in a row, and is graduating with an average of 97%.
Coach Power believes that "Sarah has a great demeanour, can move the ball well, and has proven to be consistent performer at all levels she has experienced."
Zaida Pierce has also represented her province, Nova Scotia, at Atlantic competitions. She played all three years of high school on the Division 1 team, and won awards from the Nova Scotia School Athletic Association for her exemplary participation in sport. Pierce chose Memorial after her campus visit last fall.
"When visiting campus there was an instantaneous feeling of comfort, everyone was so welcoming and genuine. Only hearing rave reviews from alumni in combination with its beauty and feeling of familiarity, made for an easy decision to pursue my studies at Memorial's campus."
Power hopes Pierce will give his team additional attacking strength, and stated "Zaida has a positive attacking mindset and the potential to give us some more options in the final third. With good experience in the Nova Scotia provincial teams program, I expect she'll be well prepared to try and make a splash in the AUS."
Power believes that "both players are coming from high quality environments that we know and trust". The Sea-Hawks welcome these two recruits and believe they will mesh well with next year's squad. The Sea-Hawks aim to fly high next season and continue being a top competitor in AUS competition.
By Sydney Hector