The University of Manitoba Bisons women’s soccer team is premiering two new captains, a new coach, and a new style of play this season.
The Bisons will take on the University of Saskatchewan Huskies tonight in the team’s home opener, and they’ll face the University of Regina Cougars tomorrow afternoon.
Fourth year players Sarah Haiko, 21, defender, and goalie Chloe Werle, 21, have taken on captaining duties for the team.
"I really want to lead this team to amazing things this year," said Haiko. "We have a lot of potential this year — so I’m really excited to be in the position that I’m in."
Coaching this year is Vanessa Martinez Lagunas. She is the fourth coach in the team’s CIS history, and it’s first female coach. She played varsity soccer in her native country of Mexico, as well in the United States. She also played professionally in Germany, and for the Mexican national team.
With Martinez Lagunas come a new style of play she calls attractive defensive soccer.
"A very, very important goal for our team this season is to make sure we are able to establish a new playing concept and style," said Martinez Lagunas. "It’s a style that the players aren’t used to yet that we have been working very hard on, during the three weeks of pre-season."
Everyone is welcome to watch the games, which start at 6 p.m. tonight (Sept. 6) and 3 p.m. Sat., Sept. 7.
For more information on the team and the upcoming schedule visit gobisons.ca.