Jill Curley will be hitting the pitch with the Holland College Hurricanes this fall.
The Summerside native and Three Oaks graduate will be entering her first year in the practical nursing program after a year as a member of the UPEI Panthers women’s soccer team.
“I am very excited about attending Holland College this fall because they have given me the opportunity to pursue my dream of becoming a nurse while playing soccer, my greatest passion,” said the centre fullback. “I am anxious to see what the next two years will bring.”
Curley was a co-captain of the P.E.I. Canada Games team in Sherbrooke, Que.
“We welcome Jill to the Canes family and look forward to seeing her patrol our back-line,” said head coach Kris McKinnon. “Jill strives for success both in the classroom and on the pitch. She has competed for P.E.I. through provincial teams and the Canada Games and her experience will be invaluable. She will be looked upon to contribute with our program from Day 1.”
The Hurricanes won the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) championships and competed at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association championships in British Columbia.
“My goal for this season is to win the ACAA championship like the Hurricanes had done last year,” Curley said.
“I believe my greatest strength as a player is my drive and perseverance to keep pushing myself and my teammates. On and off the field I find myself as a motivator, helping my teammates as well as myself to keep striving to be better.”
The ‘Canes begin training camp in late August and will start the regular season on Saturday, Sept. 6 on the road in Fredericton versus the St. Thomas Tommies. The team’s home opener will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13 against the Dalhousie Agricultural College Rams at 2 p.m. at the Terry Fox Sports Complex in Cornwall.