Six Rookies Form Saints Nucleus

(Left to right) Ashley Benjamin, Alayna Banks, Carly Jolicoeur, Blair Boismier, Jaclyn French, and Alex Schooley sign their Letters of Intent to join the St Clair Saints women's soccer team on 7 June 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(Left to right) Ashley Benjamin, Alayna Banks, Carly Jolicoeur, Blair Boismier, Jaclyn French, and Alex Schooley sign their Letters of Intent to join the St Clair Saints women’s soccer team on 7 June 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair Saints women’s soccer program has announced the addition of six top local recruits to Letters of Intent for the 2017-18 season. The women who will be joining both the outdoor and indoor programs are Blair Boismier, Alayna Banks, Carly Jolicoeur, Ashley Benjamin, Alex Schooley, and Jaclyn French.

Boismier,  a native of Windsor, will be graduating from Riverside Secondary School where she was the team captain and MVP this past season. Boismier, a forward, also plays for the 1998 Croatia club team where she led the team in scoring the past three seasons.

Banks, from Tecumseh and attending St Anne’s High School, has twice gone to OFSAA and just finished third this past season. Banks, a midfielder and forward, has also been a member of the East Side Kickers 99 team, who were league champions in 2016 and promoted to League 1 this year.

Jolicoeur, from Windsor, will be joining the Saints from St Joseph’s High School. She was recently named a First Team All City All Star while playing for the Lasers. Jolicoeur, a defender,  also played club soccer for the Windsor Polonia White Eagles, who finished first in their league last summer.

Benjamin, a LaSalle native and currently attending St Thomas of Villanova High School, is also a member of the Eastside Kickers 99’s team for the past 6 seasons. She plays both midfield and defence.

Schooley, who hails from Tecumseh and will be joining the Saints from the Tecumseh Vista Academy, plays midfield has also played club soccer for the Windsor Polonia White Eagles.

French, another native of Windsor, is finishing up her high school career at FJ Brennan, where she helped lead the Cardinals to WECSSAA and SWOSSAA Championships in 2016 and 2017, along with an OFSAA Bronze Medal in 2016.

She was named a 1st Team All City All Star in 2015 and 2016 and has spent a significant amount of time playing club soccer for the Windsor Polonia White Eagles as both a sweeper and a striker

St Clair head coach Kris Geier is looking forward to adding these six players on the team next year.

(Top) Blair Boismier, Alayna Banks, and Alex Schooley.(Bottom) Ashley Benjamin, Jaclyn French, and Carly Jolicoeur.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(Top) Blair Boismier, Alayna Banks, and Alex Schooley.
(Bottom) Ashley Benjamin, Jaclyn French, and Carly Jolicoeur.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

“We are extremely excited about the upcoming season at St Clair,” Geier said. “I believe we have recruited some of the best high school players in Windsor/Essex County.  It is a well rounded recruiting class with strikers, midfielders, and defenders among this group. The key for us will be how well these players transition into our system and the level of play at the OCAA.”

The Saints have just four players returning from the 2016 side so the six rookies will be seeing many minutes from the beginning of the season.

St Clair finished the regular season with a record of 7-1-2 in the OCAA West Division ending up in 2nd place in women’s outdoor soccer. St Clair hosted the OCAA championships ending the tournament losing in the consolation final. The indoor team had a very strong season finishing with a record of 15-2-2 and winning the OCAA Silver Medal.

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Jay Shewfelt

Jay Shewfelt is an Athletic Coordinator at St Clair College. He is a graduate of the University of Windsor where he earned a Bachelor of Human Kinetics and an Honours in Sport Management.

Jay won 3 Junior C All-Ontario Championships as a hockey player with the Belle River Canadiens.

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