The University of Manitoba Bisons women’s soccer team has announced Brazilian international recruit Bruna Mavignier de Vasconcelos will join the squad for the upcoming 2014 season.
Mavignier, 21, has played futsal — a variant of association football that is played on a smaller field and mainly indoors — at the club and high school level in Brazil. She played futsal at her high school of Colégio Nossa Senhora das Graças from Grades 4 to 12 and was team captain for the final three seasons. The five-foot-five forward also played futsal for Taça Brasil sub 20 (Brazil Cup under 20) in 2012 and contributed six goals in four games.
"I am very excited to play for the Bisons this upcoming season. I have been preparing myself the whole year and now it is time to do my best and to help the team to win the championship," said Mavignier in a Bisons news release. "I have always played futsal before and therefore I am very happy to have my first experience in a soccer team with the Bisons, because this is a team with great players and great coaches in which I can learn a lot from them.
"Soccer is a big part of who I am, so I can say without hesitating that playing with the Manitoba Bisons has been the most valuable experience I am having here in Canada."
Mavignier is also the first international player to join the Bisons women’s soccer program during head coach Vanessa Martinez-Lagunas’ two-year tenure.
"I am very excited to have Bruna on the team for the upcoming season," said Martinez-Lagunas in the release. "She is the first international player to join our team during my tenure. She is from Brazil and of course has amazing technical skills and vision of the game that she developed by playing futsal in her country. Additionally, she is a fantastic person with strong work ethic, discipline and charisma. She will be a great addition to our team."
The Manitoba Bisons women’s soccer season kicks off September 5 at home against the University of Regina Cougars.