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North Mississauga Panthers - 2015 Season Preview

By lo admin, 05/21/15, 11:45AM EDT



North Mississauga Panthers - 2015 Season Preview

Thu May 21 
Written By: Staff, League1

Who are the North Mississauga Panthers?

The North Mississauga Soccer Club (NMSC) is one of the pioneering youth soccer clubs in the Mississauga area. Founded in the early 70's, it has evolved over time as one of the largest and most reputable clubs serving the Mississauga community. The NMSC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the youth and adult sectors of our community through fostering and teaching the game of soccer.

Ever since the intent to form a semi-professional women’s league, the Club has had a vision to prepare their U17 players for the opportunity, challenging themselves and subsequently achieving major accomplishments on the road to joining League1 – consecutively crowned the Ontario Soccer League champions, the Ontario Cup champions, and the Canadian National Club champions. Moreover, as a result of these accomplishments, the Panthers were voted by the Mississauga Sports Council as the Best Amateur Sports team of 2014. Head coach is Trevor Bertrand and team captain is Kira Bertrand.


What have the Panthers been doing to prepare?

For the club’s upcoming participation in the league, the Panthers have been preparing by doing strength training at the professional outfit Athlete’s Zone, where the girls have been attending once a week sessions on top of their schedule of outdoor technical and tactical practices.

The Club has also hired the Canadian men's national assistant coach Rafael Carbajal as a consultant to implement a high performance program for the team.


Who are your players?

Abby Buren (left full back)

- League Champions, Playoff's 2nd place at St. Andrew's University in NAIA/AAC; All-Tournament Team Award

Natalie Bukovec (holding midfield)

- 2010-2015 McMaster Women's Varsity Soccer (OUA)

- OUA Final Four (2010-2012)

- Captain McMaster Women's Soccer OUA 2013-2015

- Toronto Lady Lynx W-League 2012-2014

Ashley Almeida (goalkeeper)

- also plays for U19 Portugal National Team and played for their Elite Tournament round in March 2015

Alessandra Previte (outside midfield/ wingback)

- U17 OYSL Champions, U17 Ontario Cup Champions, U18 National Champions

- City of Mississauga 2014 Amateur Team of the Year

- Attending Carleton University on a soccer scholarship in August 2015


Stefany Santos (striker)

- OCAA Outdoor Champion with Humber College 2011-2012 and 2012-2013

Kira Bertrand (team captain)

- Attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University - Voted as the Great American Conference

- Defensive Player-of-the-Year and was also a first-team all-conference selection for 3 consecutive years

- Back to back all central region first team selection

- 9 time career voted the GAC Defensive Player-of-the-Week

- Back to back GAC conference champions and was voted to the l conference tournament first team for 2 consecutive years

- Captain of university team in senior year

- Was voted team MVP twice in her career

- Plays for the Dominica national team with several appearances with a starting role

- Has competed in Olympic and Concacaf qualifying tournament and recently has helped the team place second in the first Windward Island tournament

Jenny Wolever (outside midfield/ striker)

- Jenny played rep soccer with Toronto High Park FC from 2005-2013, at every level including OYSL

- Participated in the Toronto district and OSA regional programs from 2009 to 2011

- A member of the NMSC team that won both the OYSL title and the National title in 2014

Kristi King (defender)

- Will be playing soccer for the University of Nebraska

- Previously competed for the Burlington Bayhawks in 2014

Maya Pascal (wing-back/ defence)

- Won 2014 National Championship

- 2011 and 2014 Two- time Ontario Cup Champions

- 2014 ROPSAA Soccer Champion

- 2014 OYSL Champion

- Academic and Athletic Scholarship recipient attending Oakland University



Kylee Bertrand (holding midfield/ attacking midfield)

- Indoor Ontario Cup Champion 2010 (NMSC)

- Played with the Dominican U17 team in the Olympic Qualifying Rounds 2010

- Received "Most Valuable Midfield" for the Dominican National team 2010

- Ontario Cup Champion 2011 (NMSC)

- Silver Medalist at Nationals in Newfoundland 2011 (NMSC)

- Ontario Cup Champion 2014 (NMSC)

- National Champion in Vancouver, BC 2014 (NMSC)

- Ontario Youth Soccer League Champion 2014 (NMSC)

- Played with the Dominican National Senior Women's Team in the Windward Island Tournament: Placed second 2015

Cachet Lue (defender)

- Played for NMSC for 14 years

- Co-captain for NMSC U14 provincial team

- Member of the Jamaican National Women's U-20 Soccer Team

- U14 Ontario Cup Champions, U14 National Finalists

- U18 National Champions, U17 Ontario Cup Champions, U17 OYSL Champions

- City of Mississauga 2014 Amateur Team of the Year

- Attending Texas Christian University on a soccer scholarship July 2015

Hilda Chmait (midfield)

- Seneca College - MVP Outdoors, MVP indoors, CCAA All-Star Team, MVP Provincial Champs

- 2014 – MVP Outdoors, MVP indoors, MVP Provincial MVP

- 2012 – Rookie of the Year

Erica Brunet (defence/ wingback)

- Ontario Cup Champion 2011 and 2014

- National finalist 2011

- National champion 2014


What is your ambition/ focus/ goals for first season? 

Our main goal for our first season in League1 is to maintain a competitive team and to allow 17 and 18 year-olds the opportunity to play in the semi-professional level.

Our focus is to maintain a high level of play at all times, remain competitive, and to create a fun and pleasant atmosphere for our younger players. The club is working hard to prepare our players for the potential to be on the national team or to pursue a professional career.