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    Ridgebacks soccer players ready for League1

    The following story from April 22, 2022 is courtesy of the Ontario Tech Ridgeback Athletics site

    OSHAWA, Ont. – Ontario Tech men’s and women’s soccer players are set to lace up their cleats for the League1 Ontario season, which officially opened its 2022 season on Thursday night. This year there are 40 Ridgebacks (current, alumni and 2022 recruits) that will be playing League1 throughout the province this summer. 

    “Having 19 of our players competing in the league this summer provides a seamless transition between seasons, allowing for our staff to manage player workloads and track individual player progression,” said Ontario Tech women’s soccer head coach Audra Sherman. “The league serves as an additional platform for student-athletes who have the desire to break into the professional game. We still have several gaps in the women’s game in Canada, which results in many players falling through the cracks. Our priority is our players, by increasing high-quality experiences and opportunities we strengthen our pipeline into our program and narrow the gaps in the game.”

    League 1 Ontario is a pro-am, standards-based, senior league which features the top talent in the province. The league’s premiere and reserve divisions operate in alignment with the university competition structure offering U SPORTS student-athletes opportunities to train and compete in a high-performance environment year-round. 

    “It’s great to see that our athletes are committed to our high-performance program by staying involved in elite summer programs,” said men’s soccer head coach Ramin Mohammadi. “League1 Ontario provides a high level of competition for varsity athletes who want to play year-round. This league will also allow the athletes to showcase themselves for higher levels here in Canada. I am happy to see our players playing in this league with various clubs and enjoying themselves, while also improving their skill sets.”

    Women’s Soccer Players Playing League1

    Simcoe County Rovers FC
    Alicia Chisholm
    Ashlynne Koly
    Georgia Hogan
    Priscilla Voulgaris
    Tia Schaffer
    Michele Dell’Aquila
    Marlene Siwula
    Jordan Tortolo
    Melanie Hoekstra
    Tara Sisic (2022 recruit)
    Alexis Kirton (alumna)
    Julia Listro (alumna)
    Alyssa Nikkel (alumna)

    Woodbridge Strikers
    Christina Coroado

    North Mississauga SC
    Leah Storms
    Brogyn Tracey
    Stephanie Viviano
    Taijah Henderson (alumna)

    Darby FC
    Shyanne Pierog-Taylor

    Pickering FC
    Nicole Paraskevopoulos

    Pickering FC Reserves
    Rheanna Flynn

    Vaughan SC
    Kayla De Souza (alumna)

    ProStars FC
    Sarah Harvey (alumna)

    Men’s Soccer Players Playing League1
    North Mississauga SC
    Jacob Begley
    Christopher Campoli
    Daniel Rafisamii 
    Owen Edwards
    Matthew Mattila
    Justin Irwin
    Matthew Perovic
    Alessandro Prataviera
    Justin Yarde
    Elijah Lorenc-Clarke (alumnus)
    Quintyn Walcott (alumnus)
    Noah Antenucci (alumnus)

    Pickering FC
    Joshua Naraine
    Andrew Ferris (2022 recruit)

    Darby FC
    Tyler Sukovski
    Erion Metaj  (2022 recruit)

    Sigma FC
    Mateo Marques (alumnus)
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    About Ontario Tech University:

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    Ontario Technical University is located in Oshawa, Ontario, where they advance the discovery and application of knowledge to accelerate economic growth, regional development and social innovation. We inspire and equip our students and our graduates to make a positive impact in a tech-focused world.

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