OCAA honors women’s soccer players

Algonquin College’s Kelly Avalos is the 2012 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association women’s soccer player of the year. She received the award in a ceremony held in Ottawa on Friday (Oct. 26).

Avalos (Ottawa) led the Thunder to an undefeated season and an OCAA East championship. Algonquin was the top defensive team in its division, due in large part to Avalos’ skills. The fourth-year midfielder played a full 90 minutes in all eight regular season matches as Algonquin allowed a league-low three goals.

This is Avalos’ second player of the year award, winning it in 2010. She is also an OCAA all-star and a Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association all-Canadian.

Centennial head coach Diarmuid O’Connor is the OCAA East coach of the year and a nominee for the CCAA coach of the year. In his fourth season, O’Connor led the Colts to their best record since 2004. Centennial finished in fifth place in the East with a record of 3-4-1, earning its first post-season berth in eight seasons. The Colts have added two more playoff victories, and will play in their first OCAA semifinal since 2001.

Under O’Connor’s guidance, third-year player Chelsea Gordon (Pickering) also earns a major award, being named East defensive player of the year. Gordon and teammate Mariam El-Masri (Scarborough) are OCAA all-stars.

Fanshawe first-year forward Marisa Oliveira (London) is the OCAA West and overall rookie of the year. Oliveira shared the overall OCAA scoring title, leading all West players scoring six goals in six games. Durham second-year midfielder Megan Arsenault (Ajax) is the other scoring champion, leading the East with eight goals in eight games. Both Oliveira and Arsenault are OCAA all-stars.

Paul Angelini of Sheridan is the West coach of the year. In his 17th season, Angelini guided the Bruins to the OCAA West championship with a record of 7-1-0. Sheridan was also the top defensive team in the division, allowing three goals in eight matches. This is in large part due to the play of third-year player Sarah Couto (Brampton), the West defensive player of the year. Couto and Sheridan’s Kendra Cooper (Brampton) are OCAA all-stars.

Seneca second-year player Liana Tome (Markham) is the top goalkeeper in the East. Seneca allowed just seven goals in eight games. Fourth-year player Katerina Conde (Toronto) of Humber is the top goalkeeper in the West. Humber allowed five goals in eight matches.

Last but not least, Caroline Gratton (Ottawa) of La Cite is the East rookie of the year. The midfielder led the Coyotes in scoring with three goals.

Each OCAA team nominates two all-stars. Along with the previously mentioned players, the East all-stars include Algonquin’s Jaymie Baldree (Cornwall); Katie Andrighetti (Sudbury) and Shannon Persi (Lively) of Cambrian; La Cite’s Amélie Dugas (Ottawa) and Michelle DeRepentigny (Cornwall); Chelsey Rogatinsky (Pickering) of Durham; Fleming’s Ashley White (Peterborough) and Michelle O’Brien (Peterborough); Tangye Seymour (Bridgewater, N.S.) and Elva-Ann Simpson (Wooler) of Loyalist; St. Lawrence-Kingston’s Brooke Blaskie (Kingston) and Megan Hutcheson (Kingston); and Natalie Colangelo (Richmond Hill) and Victoria Curci (Richmond Hill) of Seneca.

The OCAA West all-stars include Conestoga’s Kim Amaral (Cambridge) and Amanda John (St. George); Nicole McDonald (St. Thomas) of Fanshawe; Humber’s Natasha Kroon (Orono) and Sonia Rocha (Mississauga); Jordan Hamilton (Guelph) and Katrina Kraayenbrink (Port Lambton) of Lambton; Mohawk’s Shelby Dawdy (Hamilton) and Jody Hagan (Ancaster); Sarah Charlton (Strathroy) and Brittany Johnston (Ridgeway) of Niagara; Redeemer’s Rachel Passchier (Pickering) and Carly Voortman (Caledonia); and Sara Kox (Denfield) and Stefanie Dummer (Windsor) of St. Clair.

The 2012 OCAA Women’s Soccer Championship takes place Friday and Saturday at Algonquin College in Ottawa.