The UNBC Timberwolves picked up some local talent on Tuesday, in the form of midfielder Morgan Holyk.
The five-foot-four, 18-year-old College Heights Secondary School student is expected to graduate on the principal's list this month, then join the T-Wolves for the 2020-21 Canada West season in the fall. When not on the pitch, Holyk will be studying to become a nurse.
“It’s amazing to me that I get to represent not only the north, but to represent the Timberwolves at the highest level there is in the country," Holyk said in a press release. "I was brought up here, so it was a draw to represent the north and what we are capable of. I also like the programs at UNBC, and wanted to represent my home.”
Holyk has been playing soccer in the Prince George Youth Soccer Association program since she was four years old. For the last three years she's been part of the Junior Timberwolves/EPIC Academy.
“The first time I met (UNBC Timberwolves head coach Neil Sedgwick) was in EPIC Academy, and I always appreciated how he was looking for a growth mindset, saying ‘try this one more time, or ’let’s extend that little bit further,'" Holyk said. “I am very attack-minded. I like to dribble and I like to break lines. I am always looking for that through ball that subtly breaks the defenders’ lines. I know everything is going to be faster. Everyone is going to be top-skilled. I am just excited to see how I fit into that.”
Sedgwick said he believes Holyk could be a impact player for the Timberwolves.
“We are thrilled to have Morgan joining the Timberwolves Program," Sedgwick said in a press release. "She has trained with us in our academy for nearly three years. We have seen her develop from a young player with strong athletic potential into an individual who has solid understanding of what it will take to play at the university level."