Despite illness and injury the Trojans women soccer team has put an end to a 10-year dry spell, as they have clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2002.
It was a remarkable feat considering a large part of the roster has been in and out of commission during the season.
“It has been frustrating,” head coach Grant Stevens said about the team’s injuries. “We haven’t been able to get a full squad of 11 players to practice together consistently.”
“Players quite frequently have had to play positions they don’t normally play,” said assistant coach Erin Schwab.
With many starters out for the game against Lakeland, including co-captain Caitlin Gallant, it was a tough battle.
“Caitlin is such a huge part of the team and it’s just not quite the same without her,” said Schwab.
Midfielder Gallant suffered whiplash in a fender bender accident prior to the weekend.
Although unable to play Gallant trusted her teammates to do what was needed.
“Everyone on the team has the skill and the ability to put our team ahead and that’s what they did on Sunday,” said Gallant.
Although injured, players such as co-captain Breanne Macleod were able to play and gave it their all.
Macleod, who plays striker on the field, was sick with the flu this weekend, had a concussion, and is also afflicted by Compartment Syndrome, a condition that involves increased pressure in a muscle compartment.
Through all of this Macleod still plans on playing through provincials.
Earning their spot in the provincials has the team excited.
With only two wins last season this is a major step up.
“To break the 10-year drought is awesome,” says midfielder Kaitlyn Silcox, “and it’s been such an enjoyable season I’m glad it’s not over yet.”
“Not only am I excited for the team, but the coaches too. They put so much time into making us play the best we can,” says centreback Natalie Bergh.
“Our team’s ultimate goal is to make Nationals in P.E.I. this year. We know what we are capable of doing as a team and this is not an unrealistic goal. I think every game is going to be tight and we are going to have to work our butts off,” said assistant coach Silcox.
The women were scheduled to play as the second seed team from the north division on Friday, Oct. 26 to kick off the provincials.