The UBC Okanagan Heat Women’s soccer team has signed an Okanagan soccer product for next season.
The Heat announced the signing of Vernon Senior Secondary product Michelle Smith for the 2011 season.
Smith, a 5’4’’ midfielder, will be graduating from Vernon Senior Secondary this spring and will be bringing a wealth of soccer experience to the Heat. A local Vernon rep player for five seasons, Smith captained the Okanagan Whitecaps’ U16 Super Y league team in 2009.
The following year she made the jump to the Okanagan Whitecaps’ Premiere Women’s PCSL squad.
A product of the Whitecaps Vernon Soccer Academy, Smith is described as a technically and tactically savvy player. Having been scouted by several other programs at the 2010 Whitecaps College Showcase, Smith chose UBCO and is excited to be able to stay close to home.
“Having played with a few of the UBCO players and for Claire, I know that the team will be super competitive and dedicated, but also fun,” she said. “UBCO did so well this past year and came close to winning Provincials; I want to help in winning it all next season.”
Women’s soccer head coach Claire Paterson is as excited to work with Smith as well.
“It is fantastic that Michelle has decided to join our women’s soccer program,” Paterson said. “I have had the pleasure of working with her and seeing her develop over the past three years. She is a true competitor, a great athlete and a wonderful addition to our program.”