The University of Northern British Columbia’s women’s soccer team has added a dose of poise and versatility, officially announcing the commitment of Sarah Zuccaro for the 2018-2019 season.
A native of Nanaimo, Zuccaro said Timberwolves’ head coach Neil Sedgwick, who coached her as a youth player, was instrumental in her decision to join UNBC.
“I really enjoyed Neil’s coaching growing up. I think he is doing a really good job of developing a team that will be very strong in the near future. Throughout the seasons I had him coach my team, we didn’t start as a strong team, but by season’s end, we were up competing with everyone else.”
Set to graduate from Dover Bay Secondary School in June, Zuccaro has the ability to play all over the pitch. It is that versatility and willingness that allows her to help the Timberwolves in a number of areas for years to come.
“I’ve generally been moved around. Every time I got a new coach, I would be put in a new spot. I didn’t ask for it, but I was put there and I was able to play there. I think it has really helped me.”
The Timberwolves qualified for the Canada West playoffs this year, marking the team’s first appearance in the conference postseason. Zuccaro says the rapid growth of the program was instrumental in her decision. The 17-year-old believes her willingness to compete will be an asset to the team.
“I will not take a hit from someone unless they want to receive one back. I’m aggressive and I like to yell, and play hard. I am a perfectionist, and I will work the entire team. I enjoy the game.”
Zuccaro, who visited the UNBC campus over the winter, plans to study in the area of Integrated Science. She is excited to make the leap to post-secondary studies, but also points to the transition to the Timberwolves as a thrilling jump.“I am really excited to play University sport. I think the speed of play is going to change and the physicality is going to increase. The more you age, the more you gain experience, so I expect it to be a mature game.”
Zuccaro will join her new teammates in Prince George in August for pre-season training.