Two good friends were named to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association women’s soccer all-star team Tuesday night in Charlottetown.
Alanna Bekkering, a midfielder for the TRU WolfPack, and Blair MacKay, a defender, were among the 11 players named to the national team. Bekkering and MacKay helped the WolfPack to the Pacific Western Athletic Association title in Squamish on Oct. 27.
The banquet was held on the eve of the CCAA championship, which opens Wednesday in Charlottetown. The WolfPack is scheduled to open against the Ahuntsic Indiennes of Montreal this morning.
MacKay is in her fifth season with the WolfPack, so will graduate after TRU wraps up the tournament. Bekkering is in her fourth season.
Bekkering and MacKay went to school together and played rep together before graduating from South Kam in 2008.
MacKay, 22, is a four-time academic All-Canadian. She has been an anchor on the back-line for head coach Tom McManus, and helped TRU in allowing only nine goals in 14 regular-season matches.
Bekkering, who turns 22 at the end of the month, was named the conference’s player of the year after leading the WolfPack to a 10-2-2 record and the regular-season crown. She also was named the most valuable player at the B.C. championship tournament, scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over the UBC-Okanagan Heat in the final.
It was the second straight year that Bekkering was named the provincial tournament MVP — she had the overtime winner as the WolfPack beat UBC-O 2-1 in Kelowna in 2011.
Bekkering and McManus were up for major awards at the CCAA banquet.
McManus was the B.C. coach of the year, but the CCAA award went to Dean Cordeiro, who coached the Edmonton-based Concordia Thunder to a wild-card berth at nationals.
Bekkering, meanwhile, was up for CCAA most valuable player — it went to Ahuntsic’s Audrey Lagarde, who helped the Indiennes into nationals as a wild-card.
The WolfPack will open the CCAA championship this morning against the same team it played in the bronze-medal match at the 2011 CCAA championship, in Quebec City.
TRU lost 3-0 to Ahuntsic at last year’s tournament, and will open against it Wednesday, 10 a.m. Atlantic time (6 o’clock Pacific).
The winner of Wednesday’s quarterfinal will take on either the Alberta-champion NAIT Ooks or the Atlantic-champion MSVU Mystics in a semifinal.
Wednesday’s other games will feature Concordia playing the Ontario-champion Humber Hawks and the Quebec-champion Garneau Elans taking on the host Holland Hurricanes.