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BC Soccer congratulates BC's Emily Zurrer and Karina LeBlanc as well as Melissa Tancredi, Rhian Wilkinson, Marie Eve- Nault and Carmelina Moscato on their incredible Women's National team careers

Emily Zurrer and Karina LeBlanc recognized for their amazing achievements at the Bronze Medal Celebration Match at BC Place

February 7, 2017 – The women’s national team took to the pitch at BC Place this past weekend to celebrate not only back to back Olympic Bronze medals but also to celebrate the careers of some truly incredible athletes.  Among those recognized were BC’s Emily Zurrer and Karina Leblanc.  BC Soccer is incredibly proud of these two inspirational athletes and BC Soccer also wants to congratulate them on an incredible career.

“For many years Emily Zurrer and Karina LeBlanc have represented our province on the Canadian National Women's team and we can’t thank Emily Zurrer and Karina LeBlanc enough for all the work they have put in and all of the young players across this province that they have inspired,” said Kjeld Brodsgaard, BC Soccer President.

Emily Zurrer began playing for the national team at 16, one of the youngest ever to start for the Women’s national team, and she was a member of the FIFA World Cup 2011 team, 2008 Summer Olympics team as well as the 2012 Summer Olympic Team where she won Bronze. 

Karina LeBlanc has represented Canada at 5 FIFA Women’s World Cups, the 2008 and 2012 Olympic games, and two Pan American Games.  Karina helped Canada to Pan American Gold in 2011 by stopping two penalty shots in the final and was an integral part of the Olympic Bronze medal team in 2012.

The Canada Bronze medal celebration match between the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team and the Mexican Women’s National Soccer team was played on February 4th at BC place with Canada taking the win 3-2.   

The match also was the final Women’s National Team match for three veteran players: Melissa Tancredi, Rhian Wilkinson and Marie Eve-Nault who combined have represented Canada over 350 times and have 6 Olympic medals between them.

BC Soccer wishes the best to all retiring players and to all the current players on the Women’s National team who continued to inspire youth and adult players all across the country.

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body with the mission to govern, promote and develop the game of soccer in British Columbia in a professional and progressive manner. Established in 1907, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sport organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants.  As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues and districts.

BC Soccer is comprised of more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,200 registered referees, and thousands of volunteer coaches, administrators and soccer leaders. Working with its 40 member Youth Districts and 11 Adult Leagues as well as their affiliate member clubs, BC Soccer operates under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer’s vision is to ensure every British Columbian has the opportunity to be involved in soccer as part of a lifelong commitment to active, health and involved lifestyle.