The UNBC Timberwolves women’s soccer team handed out annual awards on the weekend and Mara McCleary took home Player of the Year and Best Defensive Player awards.
McCleary, from Victoria, had long prior established herself as one of the premier defenders in Western Canada, but was finally honoured this season as a Canada West All-Star for her efforts on the pitch. The native of Victoria is a leader for the Timberwolves, galvanizing her teammates in crucial situations, and showing a knack for ball distribution and joining the play. On pace to be UNBC’s all-time leader in games and starts, McCleary heads into her fifth and final season eyeing a fourth consecutive conference playoff berth.
“Mara has been a mainstay at the back for four years for us, and has managed to get better every season,” said Coach Neil Sedgwick. “She has grown into her leadership role within the team, and carries herself so well on and off the field. She was recognized by the conference for her impact, and we are looking forward to her final season.”
Best Offensive Player:
Sofia Jones, F
San Francisco, CA
After a strong first season with the TWolves in 2018-2019, Sofia Jones took a major step forward this season, pacing UNBC in goals, assists, and points. The Bay Area product is one of the quickest athletes in Canada West, and now holds the UNBC record for most goals through a player’s first two seasons.
“Sofia continues to add to her game,” said Sedgewick. “She absolutely loves the sport and that shows in her development. Contributing with her individual dribbling, passing, speed, and goal scoring this past year, she has become extremely valued by her teammates. I am really happy for her.”
Green & Gold Award:
Jenna Wild, M
The Green & Gold Award honours the player who represents the Timberwolves Women’s Soccer program with commitment, teamwork, and willingness. Jenna Wild, who started every game for UNBC this season, developed into a tremendous player on the pitch, while also serving as a leader and beloved teammate.
“Jenna came to us as a tireless midfielder, and over two years, grew into a play maker, an on-field organizer, ball winner, and a friend to everyone on the team,” said Sedgewick. “She is incredibly respected, and I am thrilled her contributions have been recognized by her teammates.”