The UNBC Timberwolves have solidified their backline with the recruitment of centre back Mackenna de Haan.
The 17-year-old Surrey resident took part in UNBC's ID camp in November and has known TWolves coach Neil Sedgwick for years, according to a release issued by the team last week.
“I chose UNBC and the Timberwolves because I loved the school when I visited. I enjoy the northern setting and environment, and I felt very comfortable while on campus," de Haan said in a press release. "I have known Neil since I was 13, and I have always appreciated his advice and the way he coaches.”
Although the Canada West schedule has been cancelled, de Haan will join the team for training while she studies nursing and psychology.
“I love soccer because I have been around it from a very young age," de Haan said. "I like that it provides an outlet from the stresses of everyday life. I like the companionship of being on a team and creating lifelong friendships. Playing at the university level has been a dream of mine since I joined the BCSPL when I was 11-years-old."
Standing six-feet-tall, de Haan is an imposing presence on the pitch. She played with the TSS Academy in Richmond, while attending Burnsview Secondary School.
Sedgwick said de Haan is a talented players with a commitment to the fundamentals and a good understanding of plays as they develop on the pitch.
“Mackenna plays at TSS Academy, and we know their game model is similar to ours. This allows Mackenna to come into UNBC with that head start," Sedgwick said. "Her playing ability is sound and, in time, we see Mackenna continuing her growth and making an impact here. She is a central defender who is a good passer of the ball, so she will fit in well. I am excited about her commitment.”