The University of Northern British Columbia Women’s soccer team has added a dangerous offensive threat, officially announcing the transfer of Sage Meyers from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Trojans for the 2019-2020 Canada West season.
“It has been great. Everyone is so helpful. Paige (Payne) sat down with me to help me with the formations we are playing. Neil (Sedgwick) is a really great coach. He communicates so well with the team, and on an individual basis. I am so excited to be here. It is a really good decision.”
Meyers is fresh off a tremendous freshman season with the Trojans, scoring seven goals in nine starts. SAIT went 12-0 in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference last year, advancing to the ACAC championship game. She has a nose for the net, and despite not being the biggest player on the pitch at five-foot-four, her soccer IQ often has her in the right place at the right time.
“I am a really hard worker. Sometimes I work too hard, and I could make it easier for myself. I get the ball and look to play it. I am not a huge run and dribbler, but I make quick passes, have a quick burst, and like to run up the line. Soccer at SAIT was a really good experience. I definitely have a lot more confidence playing. You learn from the older players.”
Timberwolves coach Neil Sedgwick recruited Meyers out of St. Timothy High School in 2018, but the newest TWolf thought she could benefit from a year of seasoning in the ACAC. Sedgwick says Meyers has been a tremendous addition on an off the field, displaying a great desire to continue improving.
“Sage has been great for the group already. She is fitting in remarkably well, both on the field and off the field. She has been really good around goal, which is where she excelled at SAIT, and she has also taken on the lessons of our team communication, applying what she is learning in training. I am excited to have her as a part of this program.”
The striker/forward joins her 2018-2019 SAIT teammate Sarah Lepine on the Timberwolves roster. Meyers says the transition to the Canada West level has been smoothed by having her friend at her side, as well as the UNBC culture.
“It would be a way different experience if I came up alone. You are coming with someone you have played with. It is an immediate friend, along with the more friends you’ll make, but it is a sense of comfort.”
The 19-year-old will enroll in Environmental Engineering at UNBC. The Timberwolves travel to Victoria for preseason play, before opening the regular season schedule September 5th, at Masich Place Stadium. The newest TWolf is ready to join a program fresh off its second consecutive playoff appearance, and help in the pursuit of another step forward.
“It’s really impressive. You can see they are getting better and better each year, which is super exciting to come into. Their games are all so close, and you can tell there is a lot of potential, which is exciting. I’m ready to grind and get into that competitive mindset, and just give ‘er. I am excited about that.”