As the Concordia Stingers women’s soccer team begins preparation for the RSEQ indoor season this week, all-star striker Jennifer Duff will have extra incentive to help her team succeed.
The Moncton native has made it through the first round of tryouts for the Canadian entry into the women’s soccer competition at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia, July 6 to 17. It is an international multi-sport event that takes place every two years and is second only to the Summer Olympic Games in the number of participating athletes and countries.
The Universiade features competitors between the ages of 17 and 28 who are full-time students at a post-secondary institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.
Duff had a very successful tryout in Ottawa Nov. 30 through Dec. 3 when the Canadian coaches held their only evaluation camp in Eastern Canada. Originally more than 70 players were in consideration for the team. However, after three sets of evaluations, the coaches narrowed the group down to 35.
The remaining players were given workout programs to follow and will be monitored closely. So Duff’s performance in the Quebec indoor season will be closely scrutinized. If the Canadian coaches are pleased with her progress, she will be invited to the final tryout camp over Easter weekend in Burnaby, B.C.
Duff, a fourth-year striker, was named to RSEQ’s first all-star team in the fall. She finished the season with 12 goals and three assists in 14 games for the Stingers.
Concordia opens the indoor season this Sunday by hosting the McGill Martlets. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. in the Stinger Dome.