In the first part of an ongoing series chronicling 2016 University/ College signings of 2015 League1 Ontario women's players, Woodbridge Strikers, ANB Futbol, Durham United FC, and Sanjaxx Academy offer up a list of confirmed signings heading off to varsity programs in the U.S. and Canada.
Woodbridge Soccer Club leads the way with an ambitious scholarship program embedded in their overall women's section, and their League1 Ontario Strikers side representing the top end of the club's talent pathway. Head coach Joe Parolini, who has been a staff member of Canadian national team development programs since the early '80s, runs a unique program that seeks to identify Canadian female talent, and maximize player potential through a combination of professional coaching and training regimen.
Unsurprisingly, the program has produced a lengthy list of 2016 University/ College commitments. Led by League1 Ontario 2015 Young Player of the Year and Golden Boot winner Jessica Lisi, Woodbridge has had an astounding 18 players from their 2015 League1 side accept scholarship offers north and south of the border.
Lisi, who was also selected for the Canada U17 program when she was just 15, has accepted an offer from NCAA DI school University of Memphis. Other Woodbridge players from their League1 2015 team to sign commitments are as follows:
Katharine Kerron, NCAA DI school Southern Methodist University; Jayda Hylton-Pelaia, NCAA DI school East Carolina University; Megan Conte, NCAA DI school East Carolina University; Julia Iaquinta, CIS school York University; Taylor Thalheimer, NCAA DI school Oakland University; Mikayla Morton, NCAA DI school University of Memphis; Brooke Miura, NCAA DI school Oakland University; Alanna Manning, NCAA DI school Alabama State; Lenny Yekka, NCAA DI school Southeastern University; Lisa Pechersky, NCAA DI school University of Memphis; Stephanie Lamanna - CIS school York University; Taylor Major, NCAA DI school Oral Roberts University; Kaylee Jamison, NCAA DI school Florida International University; Selena Mangoni, NCAA DI school University of Memphis; Michelle Travassos, NCAA DI school University of Cincinnati; Selena Benvenuto, NCAA DI school University of Massachusetts Lowell; Olivia DiCristofaro, NCAA DI school George Washington University.
The 2015 League1 Ontario champions, Durham United FC have five young players that made League1 2015 appearances that have accepted scholarship offers from post-secondary schools.
Jackson Bennett, who had ten 2015 League1 Ontario appearances, will go to NCAA DI school Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, as will Stasi Torchia, who had six 2015 League1 appearances.
Victoria McCartney, who has accepted an offer from NCAA DI school Western Michigan University, had five League1 Ontario 2015 appearances and scored three goals.
Finally, Nicole Remedios and Sabrina McNeil go to NCAA DI school Eastern Michigan University. Remedios had four 2015 League1 appearances, while McNeil scored three goals in a half dozen appearances.
ANB Futbol midfielder Kelsey Araujo was selected to the League1 Ontario 2015 Next XI list by a panel of head coaches from the the league, and has accepted an offer to NCAA DI school Niagara University.
Sanjaxx Academy goalkeeper Sarah Anisha-Bradbury was also selected to the League1 Ontario 2015 Next XI list, and has accepted an offer to OCAA school Seneca College.