Taylor Wettig of the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers (left)

Four high school players heading to Kwantlen

Kwantlen Polytechnic University Eagles prepare for 2015 PACWEST season

Four student-athletes from three Surrey high schools have committed to joining the Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Eagles women’s soccer team for next season.

Danielle Kelly and Harveen Sanghera of the Enver Creek Cougars, Taylor Wettig of the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers and Shayla Wilson of the Sullivan Heights Stars will be on the pitch in late August when the Eagles begin preparations for the 2015 PACWEST (Pacific Western Athletic Conference) season.

“I am thrilled to welcome these four new recruits to the KPU women’s soccer family. They have already met the team and are already immersed into the Eagles culture,” said head coach Julie King. “Each player will bring a unique quality to the soccer field but they are also young women of great character which is equally important.”

Kelly is a five-foot-eight striker who also plays with Surrey Guildford United’s U18 Metro team. She is an honour role student who will study English at KPU.

“She brings with her an excellent work ethic and some clear soccer savvy that not many players have,” said King. “She is a good student and has the character that will compliment the current players and the culture we are trying to build at KPU.”

Expected to study Criminology, Sanghera is a five-foot-four centre midfielder who has won two Most Valuable Player awards at Enver Creek who will bring good vision and soccer intelligence” to the Eagles squad.

Wettig is a five-foot-10 defender who can also play midfield. She has also played with Surrey Guildford United, and has been an honour roll student for the last four years at Lord Tweedsmuir. She will be seeking a Bachelor of Business Management at KPU.

“Taylor has a good understanding of soccer and reads the game really well. She is able to play multiple positions and will provide some depth to the squad,” said King.

Also a member of Surrey Guildford United is Wilson, a five-foot-five striker who will also study Criminology.

“Shayla has great speed and will bring a new dimension to the team, not only through her versatility and skills as a player, but other qualities as well,” said King.

The KPU Eagles pre-season exhibition schedule will kick off in August, with the PACWEST season opener set for Wednesday, Sept. 9.