Top Prospects Sign With St Clair

Saints head coach Steve Vagnini is flanked by three prospects who signed letters of intent with St Clair. (L to R) Marissa Gabriele, Alexis Provost, and Melanie Jubenville.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Saints head coach Steve Vagnini is flanked by three prospects who signed letters of intent with St Clair. (L to R) Marissa Gabriele, Alexis Provost, and Melanie Jubenville.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – St Clair Saints soccer coach Steve Vagnini today announced the signing of three outstanding prospects who will be joining the women’s team this coming season. Vagnini believes that the three are the key to taking Saints soccer to the next competitive level.

“Our ultimate goal is a national championship,” said Vagnini. “That’s why I brought these kids in. To give us a shot to win the gold.”



Alexis Provost and Melanie Jubenville, from Windsor and Belle River’s Marissa Gabriele will be on the roster for both the indoor and outdoor programs for the Saints beginning in the 2016 season.

Provost is a multi-sport athlete and high school parliamentarian at Riverside Secondary School. She will help to shore up the Saints defense as Vagnini expects to pair her with veteran Emily Ditty, the winner of this year’s WESPY Award for female soccer player of the year.

Provost has also played with the Eastside Kickers and the North London Galaxy, the Indoor Ontario Cup winners. She has been accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program

“I’m super excited. It’s a privilege to play with Mr Vagnini,” Provost said. “We’re aiming for a national championship and I am glad to be a part of that.”



Jubenville joins the Saints from St Joseph’s High School where she has been a multi-sport athlete. She has also played with the Eastside Kickers, mainly as a midfielder, but has the ability to move between various positions. Jubenville will be attending classes at the Chatham campus in the Occupational and Physio Therapist Assistant program.

Gabriele has a long soccer resume and joins the Saints from Belle River District High School where she led the team to the SWOSSA championships in both 2013 and 2014. She was an OFSAA silver medalist in the latter year.



Gabriele played for the North London Galaxy before moving to the Michigan Gators and Michigan White Eagles, and was also ranked in the top 30 in the province at the All-Ontario program. She has chosen to attend classes in the Pre-Health Sciences track in the coming year.

“It’s a great facility here and a good program,” said Gabriele. “I hope to learn from the other girls who have been on the team. I will have to try my best to get to their level and learn a lot.”

The Saints completed the 2015 season with a 9-1 record in the OCAA West and were tired for 1st, going on to win a bronze in the provincial championships.


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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