Green Valley’s Sara Carriere is seeing plenty of time on the soccer pitch as a member of the Concordia University Stingers varsity women’s team this season, despite this being her first year at the U-Sports level, and she tells me that she is loving every minute of it.
The 2019 graduate of École secondairecatholique Le Relais, in Alexandria, is studying sociology at Concordia, balancing the academic demands with those of a varsity athlete. The 5ft. 4in, forward had three assists in 10 matches played this season, before suffering a minor concussion in a game versus McGill. She’s expecting to be back in the Stingers lineup for Friday night’s scheduled fixture versus Sherbrooke. The following weekend, Concordia is booked to play Montreal and UQTR to wrap up regular-season action.
“School is going good,” Carriere tells me, adding that she is “loving the city and [has] made lot of friends.” She is, however, looking forward to reconnecting with family and friends back home in Glengarry over the Thanksgiving weekend.
The Stingers have a record of 1 win, 7 losses, and 3 ties on the season, for sixth place in the eight-team RQEQ league.
Two young Glengarry women are first-year members of university soccer teams. Sara Carriere, a graduate of le Relais, is with the Concordia Stingers, while Brooke Lapierre, who graduated from GDHS, has cracked the roster of the Trent Excalibur.
Carriere’s Stingers started their schedule with some exhibition action in Maine last month, beating Fort Kent Maine University 7-0 and Moncton University 4-2. Of the experience living and training in Montreal, she says, “Concordia is definitely my place.”
It’s been a tough start for the ladies in league play. They opened with a 10-0 thrashing at the hands of Laval, then tied UQTR 1-1 before falling to Bishop’s 2-1 on September 6. Next action is set for September 13 at Sherbrooke.
Trent has hit the soccer pitch just twice so far and remains unbeaten in OUA action. The Peterborough-based university tied Carleton 1-1 and beat Laurentian 2-0. The Excalibur are scheduled to play today versus Ottawa.
Lapierre is taking a joint major in forensic science and psychology at Trent. Playing as a midfielder, she saw action in the game versus Laurentian.
The county also has Cameron Brodie as a third-year midfielder with the Nipissing University Lakers who are 2-0 so far this season.