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Adding more talent to the fold with Cambrian soccer
2019-08-01

Less than a month now until the start of training camp for both the men's and women's soccer teams that will don the colours of the Cambrian Golden Shield and few athletes are more excited, these days, than the newcomers to the fold.

"This is a new school, a new program, for me, this will let me get to know the school a bit more, help me break out of my shell," suggested 17 year-old incoming local soccer talent, Keenan Rocca.

"I will need to be more relaxed with the ball," added the recent graduate of Collège Notre-Dame. "It will be a high pressure situation, playing with older guys and a new team, so I will need to be more calm. It's just a matter of being calm on the ball and knowing where to pass."

Rocca was introduced to local media earlier this summer at a press conference welcoming new recruits along with fellow Sudburian and teammate Andrew Prince of Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School.

Rocca might not have much of a point of reference in terms of knowing exactly what to expect when training camps open later this month. Incoming women's keeper, Leigh Hayward, by contrast, need not look very far at all for advice.

Older sister Jessie is already a member of the team, having shared Rookie of the Year honours with Julia Jajkowska in 2018. Where her sibling has settled in as a dependable defender, the younger Hayward talent took up the challenge of manning the last line of defence when she was just a U10 athlete.

"My mom did not want me to, she was worried I would be hurt," said Hayward with a laugh. "I just decided to step up, since they needed someone to do it. I really liked it." That said, there will almost certainly be an acclimatization period needed for the Acton native, as Hayward beings the process of meshing with her teammates, particularly those on the back-end of the formation.

"I really have to focus on communication with the defence, and just being really confident in myself," she said. "I have seen them play a couple of games. It just seems like a while new different game."

Hayward will be joined by fellow rookies Aisha Warren, Quinn Eggleton and Kasia Brufatto when the troops look to make yet another appearance in the OCAA playoffs come October.

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