Roy could be UNBC scoring focus
She could turn into the most important piece of the puzzle.
On the surface, there appears to be little that separates Sidney Roy from other members of the UNBC women’s soccer team. The 18-year-old Burnaby product is friendly, athletic and encourages other players in practice.
But in games, Roy has shown something her teammates haven’t, an uncanny ability to finish around the net. The rookie striker was the Timberwolves’ top scorer in the pre-season.
The real season doesn’t even start until this weekend. Is all this hype over Roy pre-mature? First look at the record of this program: Last year, the Timberwolves finished 0-12 with one goal scored. Now, you can understand why she’s gathered so much attention before even stepping on the pitch for her first varsity game.
Roy has been a catalyst on the pitch. But she doesn’t consider herself a selfish player.
“I just want the team to do well, that’s my main goal,” she says.
Timberwolves head coach Andy Cameron classifies Roy as a team player, noting she has no problem passing the ball to teammates. At the same time, he hasn’t downplayed her value to the squad.
“I think she brings a little different experience, having played in Vancouver. I think she brings some pace up front and with that pace comes goals,” he says. “She’s able to score some goals and she’s fitting in nicely with the team, and obviously we’ll look to have her do a fair bit of the scoring.”
Take a look at Roy’s accomplishments earlier this year, and it’s no wonder she’s already becoming an integral leader on the team. As a member of the Burnaby Girls U18 Metro Strikers, she was named MVP of the Metro Select Soccer League. As a student at Burnaby North Secondary, she was named the Grade 12 Female Athlete of the Year and Team MVP of the senior girls’ soccer team.
Roy has played soccer for 13 years and also has experience as a coach, having guided five- to 11-year-old players in the Burnaby Girls Soccer Club. She’s a multi-sport athlete who’s also competed in basketball, volleyball and box lacrosse.
No stranger to team sports, the transition from high school to varsity is coming naturally to Roy.
“I’m really enjoying getting to know all of them because I’m really team orientated, so it’s nice to get to know them fast because I’ve seen them every day.”
But that’s only on the pitch. Like any other student-athlete, Roy faces the challenge of balancing studying and exercise. As an honour student, she had no problem meeting those demands. It’ll be a different story at UNBC, where she’s enrolled in the environmental engineering program. She’s attending the university on a one-year scholarship.
“This is probably one of the prettiest campuses I’ve ever seen, and I love that it’s small too,” Roy says of UNBC. “It’s like the size of my high school so it’ll be easy to adjust.”
Environmental engineering is a joint program between UNBC and UBC that sees students tranfer to the Vancouver campus for the third and fourth years. Although she prefers not to look too far ahead, Roy is hopeful she’ll return to the Timberwolves for a second season in 2013.
The Timberwolves officially begin their inaugural campaign in the Canada West Universities Athletic Association this weekend. On Friday they travel to Winnipeg, where they’ll face the Winnipeg Wesmen on Saturday and Manitoba Bisons on Sunday.
“I’m really happy that we don’t have to play UBC or Trinity until our last two games, those are the top two,” Roy says. “I have friends on both those two teams because they’re from down there, and they’ve just been telling me the hardcore things that they’re doing now already, and I’m like, ‘oh boy, we don’t even have a full team yet.’ But as soon as everyone gets here, we’ll be able to build a lot easier and all be on the same page.”
The UNBC men’s soccer team will also open its first Canada West season on the road, travelling to the Island to meet the Victoria Vikes on Saturday and Sunday. For more on the opening weekend, check Friday’s Free Press.