Kelowna's Chantal McFetridge

Second CIS title for McFetridge

Kelowna product helps Queens win national women's soccer title

When Chantal McFetridge committed to Queens University in 2009, she had a hunch there would be some good times ahead.

Little did the Kelowna soccer product know at the time, her future at the Kingston, Ont. school would include not one, but two national championships.

Last weekend in Montreal, McFetridge and the Golden Gaels successfully defended the Canadian Interuniversity Sport women’s soccer title with a victory in penalty kicks over the University of Montreal.

“I guess if you told me back then I would have won two national titles here, I would have been super surprised,” said McFetridge, 20. “I’m so grateful for my experience at Queens. When I first came here on a recruiting trip, I knew this is where I wanted to be. I met the coach and was 100 per cent sure. It’s amazing how it’s worked out, I have no regrets.”

An attacking midfielder, McFetridge was a key figure for the Golden Gaels in their run to the 2011 national finale.

In the semifinal match on Saturday against the University of Ottawa, the Okanagan Mission Secondary grad found herself in the spotlight with the game on the line.

After a scoreless regulation and overtime, the Gaels and Ottawa went to penalty kicks.

With the score tied 2-2 in the shootout, McFetridge drove home the winning goal.

“The girl before me had scored, so if I could score then it would be over,” said McFetridge. “I knew there was a ton of pressure, but I had been in those situations before. I was surprisingly calm, I picked my spot and put it in, and we were off to the final. It’s one of the best feelings I’ve ever had in soccer.”

In addition to scoring some clutch goals, Queens head coach Dave McDowell said McFertridge has continued to grow into a well-rounded player in her three years with the Golden Gaels, her best season yet coming in 2011.

“She was fanatastic for us,” said McDowell. “She has improved in many areas over last year, her ability to both keep and distribute the ball is very good…she was such a huge part of our success. Chantal made it hard for us to take her off the field.”

Still, McFetridge is modest about her own accomplishments, instead choosing to heap praise on her teammates and the Queens soccer program in general.

“I’m just so proud of my teammates and everyone who worked so hard to make it happen,” she said. “It’s really a combination of things that makes this team successful. There’s been some really good recruiting and a lot of us have come up together, building and getting better each year. I guess you could say we’ve found the winning formula.”

Off the pitch, McFetridge is also enjoying her education at Queens as she continues to works towards her Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Kinesiology.

Her educational pursuits could lead her to Central America this summer where she has plans to work as a medical volunteer.

If that doesn’t work out, McFetridge expects to return to Kelowna for the summer and play for the Pacific Coast Soccer League’s Okanagan FC.









Just Posted

Former Kelowna councillor and radio talk show host Barrie Clark dies

Clark remembered as a fair-minded ‘statesman’ who saw the big picture when it came to Kelowna

Missing Kelowna woman found

Christine Olsen-Meissnitzer has been located

More than $270,000 raised for Kelowna-based hospice

10th Swinging with the Stars fundraiser for the Central Okanagan Hospice Assoc. is a big success

Getting into the swing of spring

Kelowna garden shop is busy now that spring has finally arrived

Axe the tax says Kelowna city council

City says it wants B.C.’s Speculation Tax dumped because it could have a significant impact here

Wilkie returns home with three medals in tow

Paralympic champion returns home with a gold, silver and bronze from the 2018 PyeongChang games

Alberta budget plans for Trans Mountain expansion

Finance Minister Joe Ceci says expected revenues will be factored into budget forecasts

Parents respond to suicide alertness workshops

SafeTalk session discusses recognition and intervention awareness

Proposed gun bill attacked by gun owners and shooting victims

The federal government tabled the bill today in order to tighten the sale and tracking of firearms

New anti-radicalization centre in the works for B.C.

Centre aims to help ‘vulnerable individuals of the path to radicalization’ before they turn to crime

B.C. bravery, public service honoured by Governor General Julie Payette

UVic basketball coach Kathryn Shields inducted into Order of Canada

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Sea lion with rope wrapped around neck saved by Vancouver Aquarium

Steller sea lions are a species of special concern and some populations are endangered in parts of Alaska

Most Read