York Lions women’s soccer kick off this Saturday

York University’s women’s soccer team will kick off the 2003 season with a pair of games this weekend at York Stadium. The Lions will host Nipissing University on Saturday, Sept. 13, and Laurentian University on Sunday, Sept. 14. Game time both days is 1pm.

Last year, York enjoyed a successful season finishing first in the OUA North Division with a 4-2-4 record before losing on penalty kicks in the OUA Semifinals to the eventual conference champion Queen’s Golden Gaels.

Although York has just six returning players, the foundation is very strong, beginning with all-star goalkeeper Lindsay Crothers. Other key returnees include fifth-year midfield Arian Cullen and second-year defender Michelle van Leeuwen. Accompanying the veterans will be 12 first-year players including Jennifer Cisternino (midfield), Jodi Williams (defender), Sabrina Vizza (striker) and former New Zealand National Team member Rebecca Proctor (midfield).

Head coach Shane Altenstad, who is entering his fifth season, is excited about the number of new faces in the line-up.

“This new energy, coupled with the fierce new York Lions identity, should truly be the dawn of a new era in women’s soccer,” said Altenstad. “There is exceptional talent, and a fresh new attitude amongst the team. We will work hard to develop the chemistry necessary to produce success.”