On Friday, June 24, soccer coaches, volunteers, and staff at Cambrian College officially welcomed two accomplished athletes to the Golden Shield women’s team. Morgan Melnek and Kianna Houben are both graduates of Bishop Alexander Carter Catholic Secondary School with excellent competitive soccer credentials and winning attitudes.
Houben and Melnek are expected to add speed and well-developed skills in their rookie year as varsity athletes. Melnek has experience playing at the Ontario U-14-U-15 level and has travelled to France and Spain to develop her skills. She is currently playing the for Sudbury District Soccer Club's U18 team under coach Brian Coufal.
Houben has played for a variety of competitive coaches from Alberta to Ontario, and is playing on the Greater Sudbury Soccer Club’s U-21 women’s team under coach Dayna Corelli. When Houben kicks off her varsity soccer career with Cambrian, one of her teammates will be her sister, Kaitlin, who won the Coach’s Award at the end of the 2015-16 season.
The Golden Shield women’s soccer team has been very successful in the last few seasons. The women won a bronze medal at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association championships in 2014 and finished fourth in 2015. Houben and Melnek will be valuable additions as the team works its way towards to championships again in the 2016-17 OCAA season.
Soccer fans are invited to watch the Golden Shield men’s and women’s squads in action this fall. The first home games take place on Saturday, Sept. 10, against Fleming College. The women play at noon and the men play at 2:30 p.m.
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