Building off an impressive 2010 campaign with the UBC Okanagan Heat, Alexa Kennedy will hone her soccer talents across the Atlantic this coming season.
The Kelowna native will head for Sweden next month to play semi-pro ball with Kvarnsvedens IK, a Division 1 team.
Kennedy was the BCCAA and CCAA national player of the year in 2010, leading the Heat to an undefeated regular season and a bronze medal at the provincial championship.
The talented striker led the BCCAA in scoring with 13 goals in 12 games, including seven game-winners.
“Alexa works very hard in training to make herself and those around her better,” said UBCO soccer coach Claire Paterson. “Her teammates look up to her and she leads by example. She has definitely been a key part of our program’s growth over the past two seasons.”
Kennedy’s scoring prowess and her status as one of the country’s top collegiate players caught the eye of Olle Davidsson, the club manager for Kvarnsvedens.
Kennedy hopes to add some scoring punch to her new squad as she plans to arrive in Borlange, Sweden in time for Kvarnsvedens’ first regular season game on April 14.
Unfortunately for Kennedy and the Heat, she won’t be back in Kelowna in time to register for the fall semester and, as a result, will not be eligilbe to play for UBCO in 2011.
“I have enjoyed my experience with the Heat and I don’t rule out returning to the soccer program in the future,” Kennedy said. “But this is a chance of a lifetime I can’t turn down even though it means sacrificing a chance to win a provincial and national championship with the Heat in 2011.”
Alexa will return to UBCO to continue her pursuit of a degree in education for the winter semester in 2012.