Jaime McPherson’s first year as a member of the SAIT women’s soccer team couldn’t have gone any better. Not only was she a starter right out of the game who helped her team qualify for nationals, she was recognized as one of the best female athletes at SAIT for the 2018-19 school year.
At the SAIT Athletics Banquet on May 5, McPherson won both the SAIT Female Freshman of the Year and SAIT Soccer Freshman of the Year awards.
“It was awesome, and I was really shocked to be named freshman of the year, because that’s across all sports and there are a lot of deserving options,” McPherson said.
That McPherson has been successful at the college level is no surprise. She was named NPSS Female Athlete of the Year for 2018 and MVP of the NPSS girls soccer team that year.
McPherson said her first year at college and away from home was a challenge, but that playing soccer helped.
“I made lots of great friends, and it was a great team for my first year. Everybody was really intense and competitive and we all want to win,” McPherson said.
The college soccer season is just more than two months long, but the SAIT team managed to win 12 games, and won silver at the Alberta provincials to qualify for nationals.
“We didn’t do very well at nationals, but we were the first SAIT women’s soccer team to qualify in 15 years and can’t wait to do it again next year,” she said.
McPherson finished her one-year Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyle program, and is a certified health coach. She is going back for a two-year X-ray program.
McPherson is the beneficiary of a strong NPSS and Fort St. John soccer program, which continues to advance female players to the college level. Already, five girls from the current NPSS team have committed to colleges for the 2019-20 season.
“People don’t expect a lot from us in Fort St. John, but we keep proving them wrong. We’re pretty successful, and have our coaches to thank,” McPherson said.
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