Player of the Year
Fourth-year forward Jordan Smith‘s offensive prowess was a key factor to the Dinos’ success this season. The former World Cup luger led the conference in scoring in 2016 netting ten goals and adding 11 assists for 21 points – three ahead of the next closest competitor. The Calgary native was first in assists and points in Canada West and second in goals next to teammate Mollee Ramsay. Her best game was the first of the season when she registered a whopping seven points on a hat-trick and four assists. She was also named U Sports Athlete of the Month for September.
Smith is just the fifth Dino to win Canada West Player of the Year, and the first since 2001. Kathy Ranheim, Stephanie O’Neill, Taryn Swiatek and Katie Lee have also earned the title for Calgary.
“Jordan is a deserving winner based on her commitment to the program and her own commitment to self improvement,” said head coach Troye Flannery. “Coming off a fantastic season in which she focused solely on soccer since leaving the World Cup luge team, her athleticism and nose for goal was on display through the campaign. We are all so very proud of Jordan who is so very humble in her approach.”
Rookie of the Year
Rookie Talia White made an immediate impact on defence for the Dinos women’s soccer team this season. Starting in every Canada West match, the defensive specialist added two assists on the year, but did a better job of keeping goals out of the Dinos’ net. A Foothills FC product, White will be looked upon for years to to lock down on defense for Calgary and become a leader.
White becomes the third Dino to be named Canada West Rookie of the Year. Former Dinos Shannon Blaker and Leanne Pelosi won back-to-back in 1996 and 1997.
“Talia has been a significant contributor from day one,” said Flannery. “So versatile amongst our back four, she is a dynamic athlete, fierce competitor and represented our program in every minute of every game since the day training camp started. Talia has s a bright future both in our program and the game in general.”
Coach of the Year
Trinity Western Spartans
Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh led Trinity Western to the first undefeated regular season (11-0-3) in the program's history. The impressive season saw Roxburgh complete a six-year run in which the Spartans have lost a total of just five regular season games. Roxburgh's team once again was a bastion for defensive success, with the Spartans allowing just six goals in 14 games. Offensively, TWU finished third in Canada West in goals scored with 31. He has now led TWU on a 27-match regular season undefeated streak. Including this year's pre-season, regular season and playoffs, the Spartans are 15-0-5.
He has now been named the Canada West Coach of the Year four times, including in 2009, 2011 and 2014. In 2011, Roxburgh, who is in his 18th year as the Spartans head coach, was also named the CIS Coach of the Year.
“It is very exciting to hear that Graham has been recognized for his coaching excellence at the university level. His commitment to the women’s soccer program is clearly evident and the outstanding coaching Graham has provided has created one of the strongest programs in Canada,” said TWU acting athletic director Blair Whitmarsh. “Graham is a strong communicator and his focus on developing complete champions on and off the field is clearly seen. I am pleased to have Graham part of Spartan Athletics and we are all proud of him and the women’s soccer team.”
Student-Athlete Community Service Award
Sarah Douglas is a top biomedical engineering student, who maintains an A- average (7.26/9 or 3.7/4) while competing for the Vikes. On top of her very demanding course load, Douglas also dedicates any spare time that she has to volunteer in many different capacities.
She is currently the VP Communications for the UVic Pre-Medical Club. She is currently working with the First Nations Indigenous Students at UVIC to plan workshops for aboriginal students.
It has been a long-term goal of Sarah's to help inspire aboriginal youth to consider medicine and engineering as career pathways. She is currently working on a venture where current UVic medical engineering students wpid travel to aboriginal communities to talk about their experiences and to share information about the programs.
“Sarah is a tremendous role model as a U Sports student-athlete. She is a four-time CIS Academic All-Canadian, as well as a fantastic soccer player. She is passionate about academics, athletics and genuinely wants to help people. Our world will be a better place because of people like Sarah.”
2016 Canada West Women’s Soccer First Team All-Stars
Position / Name / School / Year / Hometown / Program
GK / Ally Williamson / Trinity Western / 5 / Langley, BC / General Studies
DEF / Aman Shergill / UBC / 4 / Surrey, BC / Kinesiology
DEF / Meagan Manson / Saskatchewan / 5 / Prince Albert, SK / Business
DEF / Amy Gartke / Trinity Western / 3 / Edmonton, AB / General Studies
DEF / Tristan Corneil / Fraser Valley / 5 / Cloverdale, BC / Kinesiology
DEF / Fallon Dickie / Alberta / 5 / St. Albert, AB / Arts
OFF / Jordan Smith / Calgary / 4 / Calgary, AB / Arts
OFF / Monika Levarsky / Fraser Valley / 3 / Surrey, BC / Arts
OFF / Jasmin Dhanda / UBC / 4 / Surrey, BC / Kinesiology
OFF / Seina Kashima / Trinity Western / Burnaby, BC / General Studies
OFF / Mollee Ramsay / Calgary / 5 / Calgary, AB / Kinesiology
2016 Canada West Women’s Soccer Second Team All-Stars
Position / Name / School / Year / Hometown / Program
GK / Emily Burns / MacEwan / 2 / Sherwood Park, AB / Arts
DEF / Talia White / Calgary / 1 / Calgary, AB / Kinesiology
DEF / Lindsay Machin / Victoria / 5 / Richmond, BC / Education
DEF / Jennifer Miller / Saskatchewan / 4 / Saskatoon, SK / Kinesiology
DEF / Jamie Pasemko / Alberta / 4 / Edmonton, AB / Physical Education & Rec.
DEF / Amanda Wong / Manitoba / 2 / Winnipeg, MB / Science
OFF / Natalie Arnett / Calgary / 3 / Calgary, AB / Arts
OFF / Maddie Lee / Calgary / 4 / Lethbridge, AB / Arts
OFF / Nikki Furukawa / Lethbridge / 4 / Lethbridge, AB / Science
OFF / Sydney Daines / Alberta / 3 / Red Deer, AB / Native Studies
OFF / Isabella Di Trocchio / Trinity Western / 5 / Burnaby, BC / Biology