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Defending U SPORTS and OUA champion Gee-Gees to compete at inaugural FISU University World Cup – Football

Greg Mason.
Greg Mason.

TORONTO (U SPORTS) – With the women's soccer season officially kicking off this week, U SPORTS announced that the reigning national and OUA champion Ottawa Gee-Gees have been selected to compete in the inaugural FISU University World Cup – Football.

The Gee-Gees captured their second national title last season on home field, after going a combined 20-1-1 in the OUA regular season and post-season, as well as U SPORTS championship action.

The team is led by former U SPORTS Top 8 Academic All-Canadian Katherine Bearne, along with national championship all-star Thea Nour. Both players gained international experience in July at the 2019 FISU Summer Universiade in Naples, Italy. 

"This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for our national championship team," said Sue Hylland, Director of Sports Services at the University of Ottawa. "We are very proud of everything the team has accomplished thus far, and have the utmost confidence they will be great representatives of our university, U SPORTS, and Canada as a whole."

Led by two-time U SPORTS Fox 40 Coach of the Year Steve Johnson, the Gee-Gees will be looking to impress the world in November. 

"We're going there to win," said Johnson. "We're not looking at this as soccer tourism, we see this as an opportunity to showcase ourselves against the best in the world. We don't know exactly what to expect when we get over there, but we want to be as prepared as we can be for the opportunity."

The 2019 FISU University World Cup – Football brings together the top 24 teams (16 men, eight women) from around the world, each representing their respective universities. Formerly known as the FISU World University League, the initiative expanded to men's and women's soccer this year after launching exclusively in 3x3 basketball in 2015.

"We are excited to partner with uOttawa to showcase our women's soccer champions," said Lisette Johnson-Stapley, Chief Sport Officer at U SPORTS. "This is an outstanding honour for our student-athletes to participate in a brand new FISU event amongst other university teams from around the world. We look forward to watching them compete on the international stage this fall."

The 2019 FISU University World Cup – Football runs Nov.21-Dec. 1 in Jinjiang, China.

The Gee-Gees open their OUA and U SPORTS title defence Saturday afternoon with a visit to the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks at 12 p.m.

TEAM ROSTER

First Name

Last Name

Pos.

Elig.

Hometown

Program

Katherine

Bearne

MF

5

Halifax, N.S.

Physics

Soumaya

Bouak

F

1

Newmarket, Ont.

Psychology

Sophie

Curtis*

F

N/A

Ottawa, Ont.

Finance

Kayla

Da Costa-Pacheco*

D

N/A

Gatineau, Que.

Health Sciences

Lauren

Da Luz

D

4

Coquitlam, B.C.

Civil Engineering

Hillary

Damman

GK

2

Roncq, France

Social Sciences

Katerine

Delev

MF

3

Chelsea, Que.

Management

Adriane

Devlin

D

1

Stouffville, Ont.

Biomedical Science

Gabrielle

Emilien

GK

4

Toronto, Ont.

Education

Trinity

Esprit

D

1

Scarborough, Ont.

Sociology

Veronique

Filion

F

1

Rockland, Ont.

Health Science

Charlotte

Gagnon-Lewis

MF

3

Montreal, Que.

International Development and Globalization

Angelina

Gendreau

F

2

Lancaster, Ont.

Human Kinetics

Kaylane

Hogue

D

1

Laval, Que.

Biologie

Emily

Hume

MF

1

Ottawa, Ont.

Human Kinetics

Rebecca

LeBlanc

D

1

Sydney, N.S.

Marketing

Cooper

Lee

D

4

Toronto, Ont.

Management Information Systems and Analytics

Emma

Lefebvre

F

4

Kingston, Ont.

Nursing

Mikayla

Morton

F

4

Courtice, Ont.

Psychology

Thea

Nour

F

5

Ottawa, Ont.

Mechanical Engineering

Delaney

Rickert-Hall*

F

N/A

Waterloo, Ont.

Psychology

Julia

Rosenthal

MF

4

Ottawa, Ont.

Human Kinetics

Jennifer

Rowe

MF

4

Waterloo, Ont

Medicine

Michelle

Salhany

D

3

Ottawa, Ont.

Communications

Anna

Satterthwaite

F

1

Mississauga, Ont.

History and Political Science

Margot

Shore

GK

5

Ottawa, Ont.

Civil Engineering

Miranda

Smith*

M

N/A

Ottawa, Ont.

Communications

Julia

Tardioli

D

3

Ottawa, Ont.

Psychology

Hailey

Walsh

MF

3

Courtice, Ont.

Psychology

*Non-roster player for the 2019 season due to completion of U SPORTS eligibility. Participation in the FISU University World Cup subject to change.

Head Coach:   Steve Johnson

Assistant Coach: Stuart Barbour

Assistant Coach: David Bellemare

Assistant Coach: Jean Berchan

Team Scout: Mark Fowler