By Kyle LaRusic
The transition from high school to university athletics can be challenging for any first-year player. Brought to you in partnership with TDF Sports, we’ll feature a first-year athlete from each of your seven varsity sports each month this season. This month we take a closer look at women’s soccer player Morgan Leon and her path to the AUS!
Leon grew up in Toronto, Ontario and has played soccer since she was six years old. A midfielder, Leon is majoring in Biology. She is a very dedicated person and is a hard worker on and off the pitch. Whether it’s volunteering or playing soccer, she is always looking to make a difference and give her best effort.
Q: What other sports outside of soccer did you play growing up?
A: I ran cross country and track & field for school. Outside of school I played basketball and volleyball for fun.
Q: And was there an athlete you looked up to growing up?
A: Yeah. Growing up I always admired Paul Pogba who plays on Manchester United and Jesse Flemming from the Canadian national team.
Q: So, what made you choose Dalhousie University?
A: Education comes first for me, so Dalhousie was always in my mind for the program that I wanted to go in (Biology). The other aspect was the soccer team and I heard a lot of great things about my coach Cindy Tye and the team.
Q: Did any of your family members attend Dalhousie or are you the first?
A: My whole family went to Western, so I guess I broke the tradition.
Q: How has your first month at Dalhousie been?
A: I really like my classes. They’re a lot of work but interesting at the same time. Regarding soccer, the team has been awesome so far. They’ve been like a family to me and everyone is super nice!
Q: Soccer is clearly a big part of your life, but what is it about the sport that has kept you playing for 12 years?
A: I love soccer because I love to compete. I love to win, but at the same time soccer allows me to be a better person. It teaches me dedication and to work hard. Soccer acts as a stress reliever for me because the moment I step on the pitch, I’m only focusing on the ball and nothing else.
Q: Playing the same sport for 12 years is a long time, can you think of a moment that sticks out to you as the most memorable so far?
A: I think my most memorable moment so far was playing my first game for Dalhousie. Getting my first tackle in gave me confidence that I can compete with women who are older than me.
Q: You mentioned your first tackle being a big confidence booster in helping you get comfortable with AUS play, so what are some differences you’ve noticed playing for the Tigers compared to other teams?
A: Each woman on the team is always continuing to improve every day. You can see it on and off the pitch.
Q: Lastly, what are some of your interests outside of sports?
A: One of my interests outside of soccer is volunteering. I like being associated with the environment like planting trees.
Morgan has started off her AUS career playing all five games to begin the season, including starting in four of them. She has provided key minutes for a team that currently sits at 2-3-0 and is only one point out of a playoff spot midway through the season. Coach Tye is very happy with Leon’s play thus far.
“Morgan has had a seamless transition to the AUS for us playing regularly in our midfield,” says Tye. “Her technical skills and tactical awareness have been a welcome addition to our midfield, and we look forward to watching her develop further in our program!”
Come out to Wickwire Field to cheer on #17 and the rest of the Tigers this Friday at 5pm as they host the UNB Reds with a valuable three points on the line!
Favourite Food? Anything Lebanese
Favourite Movie? Anything Adam Sandler
Favourite song? Camelot by NLE choppa
Favourite team? Manchester United
What do you want to be when you grow up? Marine Biologist/Zoologist
Pre-game Ritual? Listen to music