Saints Shore Up Defence

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair Saints have announced their recent recruiting class for the women’s soccer team. The Saints are planning to continue to build on the success of last season’s OCAA Gold Medal in indoor soccer and their quarter-final finish out-of-doors.

Augmenting the returning players will be a selection of rookies at the college level from around Windsor’s high schools. Head coach Steve Vagnini, in his second season with the Saints, secured the commitment of four local standouts to strengthen the midfield and team defence.

“We have put ourselves in position to contend this season with a good recruiting class,” Vagnini said. “I look forward to the challenge of preparing this group to take on the best teams in the province.”

Carly Malenfant will be joining St Clair from Assumption College School. She will be setting up in midfield when not studying Respiratory Therapy.

Equally at home in the midfield or on defence, Holy Names graduate Abigail Palombo has enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program.

Emily Hatton joins the Saints after captaining the Sandwich Sabres and playing midfield. She will be taking the Protection, Security and Investigation course at St Clair.

A team mate of Palombo’s at Holy Names, Marisa Stratis is a solid defender who has enrolled in the Pre-Health Science program with an eye on entering Nursing.

All four of this year’s commitments have played together for the past four seasons as members of the Eastside Kickers, coming off a 2nd place finish in the OYSL.


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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata