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Kenney & Leon earn national recognition

Kenney & Leon earn national recognition

Fourth-year defender Sydney Kenney was named the 2019 Women's Soccer Student-Athlete Community Service Award winner, while first-year midfielder Morgan Leon was named to the U SPORTS All-Rookie Team. Leon started 10 of the Tigers 12 games this year and played a major role in their success.

STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: Sydney Kenney, Dalhousie 

A neuroscience student from Halifax, N.S., Kenney has had success on the soccer field and in the classroom, while also volunteering her time in the community.  

She played in all 12 games for the Tigers this season, starting in 11 of them. The fourth-year defender helped the Tigers to a 6-3-3 record, with just eight goals allowed all season.  

In the classroom, she is a three-time Academic All-Canadian, boasting a 3.94 GPA and hopes to pursue a career in medicine in the future.  

She is heavily involved in the community both on and off campus. Off campus, she volunteers her time with the Veterans Memorial Hospital, Victoria General Hospital and the IWK's Children's Heart Centre.  

On campus she has leant her time to initiatives such as SAMHI (Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative) and the Special Tigers program (volunteering with young people with intellectual disabilities).  

Kenney has also done volunteer work for Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House, and other causes.  

Kenney is the first player from the Dalhousie Tigers to receive the women's soccer Student-Athlete Community Service award, since its inception in 2005. 

“Sydney has been a consistent performer playing in every game of her four years with us,” said Dalhousie head coach Cindy Tye. “An academic All-Canadian each year, she has given back to the Dalhousie and Halifax communities through many initiatives and we are proud she is being recognized.” 

Nominees 

CW: Avneet Rai, Victoria
OUA: Katherine Bearn, Ottawa
RSEQ: Lindsay Moore, Bishop’s
AUS: Sydney Kenney, Dalhousie (winner) 

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Trinity Western’s Robertson headlines U SPORTS women’s soccer major award winners 

November 6, 2019 

VICTORIA (U SPORTS) – Trinity Western midfielder Jenaya Robertson was honoured with the Chantal Navert Memorial Award as U SPORTS women’s soccer Player of the Year Wednesday night, as the national award winners were celebrated at the annual All-Canadian Gala. 

Past Award Winners

Cape Breton Forward Alliyah Rowe captured Rookie of the Year, while Dalhousie defender Sydney Kenney earned the Student-Athlete Community Service Award for her outstanding contribution both on and off the playing field. UQAM bench boss Alexandre DaRocha was named Fox 40 Coach of the Year. 

CHANTAL NAVERT MEMORIAL AWARD (Player of the Year): Jenaya Robertson, Trinity Western 

Spartans fifth-year captain Jenaya Robertson had a year to remember, setting TWU’s single-season goal-scoring record by tallying 14 on the year. The star midfielder captained TWU to one of its most successful seasons in history, as the team took first place in the Pacific Division with a 12-1-1 record – a mark that equaled TWU’s record for most points in a season with 37 (2011).  

Individually, Robertson’s 14 goals led the conference by a five-goal margin, closing out the regular season on a six-game goal-scoring streak. Playing in the toughest division in the country, Robertson’s 14 goals also put her in a tie for second in U SPORTS. Her 19 total points tied her with teammate Rachel Hutchinson atop the Canada West and U SPORTS leaderboard.  Robertson, who studies business, becomes the third Spartan to win the award, joining Spartan alum Jessica King (2014) and former teammate Seina Kashima, who captured the award last season. 

“What an incredible honour for a very special player and person in our program’s history. Jenaya is so deserving of this award not only because of her incredible season but because of how consistent she has been as a player and leader throughout her career,” said Trinity Western head coach Graham Roxburgh. “Her statistics this season only tells part of the story, as she is a relentless worker in midfield and does so many of the little things that go unnoticed. She has a drive and ambition to get better every time she steps on the field whether that is in training or in Canada West competition.  I am delighted for her to be recognized across the nation for the impact player that she has always been.” 

Nominees 

CW : Jenaya Robertson, Trinity Western (winner)
OUA : Mikayla Morton, Ottawa
RSEQ : Mélissa Roy, UQAM
AUS : Ciera Disipio, Cape Breton 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Alliyah Rowe, Cape Breton 

 An arts student from Kitchener, Ont., Rowe had a dominant first season with the Capers. She led the AUS and tied for second nationally in goals with 14 on the season. Her 15 total points tied her for first in the conference and ranked fifth in U SPORTS. 

She started in all 12 regular season games for the Capers this season and was named Subway AUS Player of the Game on three occasions – Sept. 14 versus Dalhousie, Oct. 5 versus Mount Allison and Oct. 26 versus Moncton.   

Rowe scored two goals and assisted on a third in the AUS final as the Capers won their third consecutive title with a 3-2 victory. Rowe also tied for first in the conference in game-winning goals this season with five. 

She becomes the second consecutive Caper to take home U SPORTS women’s soccer Rookie of the Year honours, joining teammate Erin Freeman, who won the award last season. 

 “Ally has been an impact with our team since day one. She shows great composure on the ball as she leads our front line,” said Csape Breton head coach Ness Timmons, ”She possesses a high soccer IQ, and is constantly working to improve her game. She is a true pleasure to coach.”  

Nominees 

CW: Bryana Buttar, Fraser Valley
OUA: Cecilia Way, Queen’s
RSEQ: Karima Lemire, UQAM
AUS: Alliyah Rowe, Cape Breton (winner) 

STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: Sydney Kenney, Dalhousie 

A neuroscience student from Halifax, N.S., Kenney has had success on the soccer field and in the classroom, while also volunteering her time in the community.  

She played in all 12 games for the Tigers this season, starting in 11 of them. The fourth-year defender helped the Tigers to a 6-3-3 record, with just eight goals allowed all season.  

In the classroom, she is a three-time Academic All-Canadian, boasting a 3.94 GPA and hopes to pursue a career in medicine in the future.  

She is heavily involved in the community both on and off campus. Off campus, she volunteers her time with the Veterans Memorial Hospital, Victoria General Hospital and the IWK's Children's Heart Centre.  

On campus she has leant her time to initiatives such as SAMHI (Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative) and the Special Tigers program (volunteering with young people with intellectual disabilities).  

Kenney has also done volunteer work for Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House, and other causes.  

Kenney is the first player from the Dalhousie Tigers to receive the women's soccer Student-Athlete Community Service award, since its inception in 2005. 

“Sydney has been a consistent performer playing in every game of her four years with us,” said Dalhousie head coach Cindy Tye. “An academic All-Canadian each year, she has given back to the Dalhousie and Halifax communities through many initiatives and we are proud she is being recognized.” 

Nominees 

CW: Avneet Rai, Victoria
OUA: Katherine Bearn, Ottawa
RSEQ: Lindsay Moore, Bishop’s
AUS: Sydney Kenney, Dalhousie (winner) 

FOX 40 COACH OF THE YEAR: Alexandre DaRocha, UQAM 

Alexandre Da Rocha started with the UQAM Citadins in the Fall of 2012. He arrived on the scene with an impressive resumé – having served as a U20 national team assistant coach, as a technical director for two soccer clubs on the South shore of Montreal and as a coach at the National high performance center of Canada Soccer and Soccer Québec.

He started the rebuilding of the Citadins program from then on with a history of 18 years of missing the conference playoffs. Over the last seven years, the overall record of the team gradually improved and with the help of solid assistants and support staff, UQAM became a potential destination for student athletes who wanted to be part of building a competitive program. Over the years, DaRocha and his staffwere able to convince high level student- athletes to join and many of them are now recognized on various All-star selections.

In the Fall of 2019, DaRocha and the Citadins broke all of the existing school records – a mark of 13-2-1, the most goals scored and clean sheets recorded in a season, and the most selections on the RSEQ All-Star and U SPORTS All-Canadian teams. The success resulted in the team’s first participation in the RSEQ playoffs and championship game, where the dream season ended against the Montreal Carabins.

“The Citadins ended up falling short of participating in their first-ever national championship,” said UQAM athletic director Daniel Méthot. But there is no doubt that under the guidance of Coach Da Rocha, UQAM is here to stay in Women’s University soccer.”

Nominees 

CW: Graham Roxburgh, Trinity Western
OUA: Steve Johnson, Ottawa
RSEQ: Alexandre DaRocha, UQAM (winner)
AUS: Graham Kennedy, StFX 

2019 U SPORTS WOMEN'S SOCCER ALL-CANADIANS 

First Team 

Pos.

First Name

Last Name

School

Elig.

Hometown

Program

M

Jenaya

Robertson

Trinity Western

5

Delta, B.C.

Business

F

Mikayla

Morton

Ottawa

4

Courtice, Ont.

Psychology

D

Mélissa

Roy

UQAM

5

Lévis, Que.

Social Gerontology

M

Ciera

Disipio

Cape Breton

5

Ottawa, Ont.

Community Studies

G

Léa

Palacio-Tellier

UQAM

2

Montreal, Que.

Psychosocial Intervention

D

Teni

Odetoyinbo

York

3

Mississauga, Ont.

Business

D

Kristen

Sakaki

Trinity Western

4

Surrey, B.C.

Business Admin.

F

Amanda

Smith

StFX

2

Ottawa, Ont.

Human Kinetics

M

Mégane

Sauvé

Montreal

3

Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.

Teaching French

F

Alliyah

Rowe

Cape Breton

1

Kitchener, Ont.

Sports & Physical
Activity Leadership

D

Jamie

Erickson

MacEwan

5

Edmonton, Alta.

Science

 Second Team 

Pos.

First Name

Last Name

School

Elig.

Hometown

Program

F

Victoria

Hinchliffe

Guelph

4

Guelph, Ont.

Human Kinetics

G

Emily

Burns

MacEwan

5

Sherwood Park, Alta.

Arts

M

Montana

Leonard

Calgary

4

Richmond, B.C.

Arts

M

Mercy

Myles

StFX

4

Accra, Ghana

Human Kinetics

F

Jenna

Boudreau

Acadia

5

Halifax, N.S.

Science

D

Marie-Ève

Bernard O'Breham

Montreal

4

Longueuil, Que.

Electrical Engineering

F

Julia

Liguori

UQAM

4

Montreal, Que.

Accounting

M

Lidia

Bradau

Queen’s

5

Woodbridge, Ont.

Chemical Engineering

D

Amy

Mikuska

Calgary

4

Calgary, Alta.

Arts

M

Jenny

Wolever

Toronto

5

Toronto, Ont.

Physical Therapy

M

Katherine

Bearne

Ottawa

5

Halifax, N.S.

Physics (Masters)

 All-Rookie Team

Pos.

First Name

Last Name

School

Hometown

Program

M

Bryana

Buttar

Fraser Valley

Abbotsford, B.C.

Arts

F

Cecilia

Way

Queen’s

Victorial, B.C.

Business

M

Karima

Lemire

UQAM

Longueuil, Que.

Accounting

F

Alliyah

Rowe

Cape Breton

Kitchener, Ont.

Sports and Physical Activity Leadership

M

Madicynn

Harnish

Acadia

Lower Sackville, N.S.

Science

D

Ariel

Carignan

McGill

Sherbrooke, Que.

Arts

F

Kate

Knafelc

Guelph

Ridgeville, Ont.

Marine & Freshwater Biology

M

Jessica

Tsai

Manitoba

Winnipeg, Man.

Science

D

Trinity

Esprit

Ottawa

Scarborough, Ont.

Sociology

M

Morgan

Leon

Dalhousie

Toronto, Ont.

Biology

M

Sofia

DiGiacomo

MacEwan

Calgary, Alta.

Arts

G

Catherine

Langelier

Montreal

Saint-Eustache, Que.

Preschool and Primary Ed.