Special to baytoday.ca
Training camp is less than 10 weeks away, but the Nipissing University Lakers continue to add talented recruits to the women’s soccer program.
The Lakers qualified for the playoffs last season, their first appearance in the post-season in the club’s history. They began play in the Ontario University Association in 2000.
Their latest recruit, Lauren Glover of Oakville, has accepted the university’s offer of admission into the social welfare program.
Glover is another of the program’s highly ranked recruits along with Stephanie Muldoon, who made her commitment to attend Nipissing earlier this month.
Glover, a striker with the Oakville Soccer Club, is anxiously looking forward to experience the university atmosphere.
“The academic aspect, as well as the experience of living on campus and being able to continue to play soccer at a competitive level is what I’m looking forward to the most” she said.
“The coaching staff definitely had an influence on my decision. There was on going communication and support both on the field and in school. It’s a good school, in a great town and had exactly what I was looking for,” Glover added.
Laker head coach Vito Castiglione feels Glover will be a great addition to the club.
“As a striker, she will be counted on to provide some needed offence to our team, “ he said.
Over the past few season, the Lakers have been lacking experience at this position.
“With her experience at the competitive level, Lauren has developed her offensive skills and will become a threat up top for us,” assistant coach David Bitonti added.
A number of players in the recruiting pool have accepted offers from the university, but the program is unable to provide further details at this time.
Training camp begins Aug. 27 and the competition will be intense.
“All the players in the recruiting pool are highly skilled and can earn a starting position as rookies,” Castiglione said.
“Our veterans understand what it takes to be competitive at this level when it comes to fitness and mental preparation.
However, our recruits will push them to the limits and fight for a starting spot,” he said.