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P.E.I. F.C.’s under-17 girls’ team looking forward to playing nationals on home turf

P.E.I. F.C. is the host team for the Canada Soccer Toyota National Championships Under-17 Cup this week in Cornwall and Charlottetown. Three of their veterans are, from left, Helena Vos, Mackayla Vos and Louisa McMurrer.
P.E.I. F.C. is the host team for the Canada Soccer Toyota National Championships Under-17 Cup this week in Cornwall and Charlottetown. Three of their veterans are, from left, Helena Vos, Mackayla Vos and Louisa McMurrer. - Jason Malloy
STRATFORD, P.E.I. —

Mackayla Vos has played at club soccer nationals in Moncton, Alberta and British Columbia.

“It’s been awesome. I’ve got to travel a lot with soccer,” said the 17-year-old Hunter River native.

Her last nationals in youth soccer will be closer to home.

She is a member of the P.E.I. F.C. squad that will be the host team for the Canada Soccer Toyota National Championships Under-17 Cup being played at UPEI and the Terry Fox Sports Complex in Cornwall this week.

“It’s exciting because my family will actually be able to see it,” said the right-winger. “Also, we’ve never got to spend Thanksgiving here. It’s nice just to be home and have a lot more support.”

Emma Langley, right, defends against Mackayla Vos during Friday’s P.E.I. F.C. practice at the Norton Diamond Soccer Complex in Stratford.
Emma Langley, right, defends against Mackayla Vos during Friday’s P.E.I. F.C. practice at the Norton Diamond Soccer Complex in Stratford.

Helena Vos, no relation to Mackayla, is also looking forward to playing in front of the hometown crowd, including her friends and family.

“They can actually see (the tournament) in person, have signs and cheer. It’s just going to be incredible,” she said. “It would be awesome if a lot of people came out and supported the P.E.I. teams. . . We’d really appreciate that.”

The 17-year-old Charlottetown native said the squad has been preparing all year for this tournament. They have done well in the past at the nationals, where the competition level is ratcheted way up.

“It’s a lot higher than in P.E.I. that’s for sure,” said the Colonel Gray High School student. “In the summertime, we play in the Nova Scotia league to prepare ourselves for nationals and it really helps.”

Louisa McMurrer will also be playing in her fourth club nationals but said this one will be different because it is on their home turf.

“I love it. All my family can be around, especially for our last nationals,” said the 17-year-old centre back from Bonshaw.

And while more support might mean more pressure, McMurrer and her teammates said they welcome it.

“When we’re home, we’re going to have so many more eyes on (us),” McMurrer said. But “you feel a lot more spirited going back on the field because P.E.I. is such a small place, but we show up with such big crowds.”

The players are from across the province. While there were initially some shy groups, a few teammates helped to quickly bridge the gap and they have become a tight-knit team.

“We’re all like family,” McMurrer said. “We all really clicked very well.”

Mackayla Vos is in her final year at Bluefield High School. In the past, the players have missed about a week of school to travel and play in the tournament. With a professional development day slated for this week, she said she was only going to miss one afternoon of classes.

“It’s not as stressful this year, especially for my Grade 12 year,” she said.

The boys’ tournament is also taking place alongside the girls’ tournament. P.E.I. F.C. is off on opening day. More on them tomorrow.


Roster

A look at P.E.I. F.C.’s roster and schedule for this week’s the Canada Soccer Toyota National Championships Under-17 Cup in Charlottetown and Cornwall.

Roster                  Club

Lauren Clark         Summerside United

Elly Dobson          Summerside United

Carrie Docherty    Eastern Eagles

Cassie Gallant     Summerside United

Reese Kelly         Winsloe-Charlottetown

Grace Killorn       Winsloe-Charlottetown

Megan Kinch      West Prince

Emma Langley   Central Queens

Heidi Laurwerijssen     Kensington and Area

Neleah Lavoie     Central Queens

Emily MacInnis    Winsloe-Charlottetown

Emma MacIntyre  Winsloe-Charlottetown

Mia Martell            Eastern Eagles

Louisa McMurrer   Eliot River

Maddie Thompson  Eliot River

Helena Vos           Winsloe-Charlottetown

Mackayla Vos       Central Queens

Head coach – Graeme McDonald.

Assistant coach – Darby Myers.

Manager – Sherrie Langley.


Team’s schedule

A look at P.E.I. F.C.’s schedule for the Canada Soccer Toyota National Championships Under-17 Cup.

Today

Ottawa vs. P.E.I. F.C., 5:30 p.m., at UPEI.

Friday

Halifax County vs. P.E.I. F.C., 4:15 p.m. at Terry Fox Sports Complex in Cornwall.

Saturday

Moncton Codiac vs. P.E.I. F.C., 4:15 p.m. at UPEI.

Sunday

St. John’s vs. P.E.I. F.C., 3:45 p.m. at Terry Fox Sports Complex.


Today’s schedule

Girls

At UPEI

Group A

Calgary Foothills (Alta.) F.C. vs. F.C. Northwest Winnipeg (Man.), 9:30 a.m.

Lakeshore S.C. (Que.) vs. Surrey United S.C. (B.C.), 12:15 p.m.

Group B

Halifax County United S.C. (N.S.) vs. St. John’s S.C. (N.L.), 2:30 p.m.

Ottawa TFC Academy (Ont.) vs. P.E.I. F.C. (P.E.I.), 5:30 p.m.


Boys

At Terry Fox Sports Centre in Cornwall

Group A

Calgary Foothills (Alta.) F.C. vs. St. John’s (N.L.) S.C., 9:30 a.m.

C.S. St-Laurent (Que.) vs. Halifax City S.C. (N.S.), 11:45 a.m.

Group B

Mountain United F.C. (B.C.) vs. Winnipeg Bonivital S.C. (Man.), 2 p.m.

Woodbridge S.C. (Ont.) vs. F.C. Regina Bluestars (Sask.), 4:15 p.m.

* P.E.I. F.C.’s boys team has an off day today. They open on Thursday. A story on them will be in tomorrow’s edition.


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