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UNBC Timberwolves women's soccer team adds scoring with young striker

Fort St. John talent Clarie Turner will join the squad for the 2019-20 season
Claire Turner Commitment
Fort St. John product Claire Turner has committed to the UNBC Timberwolves women's soccer program. (via UNBC athletics)

The rich keep getting richer. 

After multiple talented recruits already committed to the UNBC women's soccer program, another speedy striker is on the way. 

Seventeen-year-old Fort St. John product Clarie Turner has committed to the Timberwolves for the 2019-20 season, becoming the second Fort St. John player to choose the university after her teammate Kenzie Chilcott signed earlier this winter. 

“I love my team back home, but I am so excited to play for this team. I love the fast pace, and I am so excited to learn from Neil (Sedgwick)," she says in a news release. "I got to know who he was and how he coached, and I got so excited. It is quite similar to how I play back home, so being at the top level is really exciting for me. Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to go as high as I possibly could with the sport that I love.”

Turner currently plays with the Northern Strikers and visited the UNBC campus multiple times before making her decision. 

“The visits were a really big turning point for me. I was able to meet the girls, and they are all amazing," Turner adds in the release. "They are so kind and so inviting. I realized their schedule is quite a bit. High school is definitely not as hard as university. It was a little nerve-wracking, but also exciting because I do love the constant work.”

Head coach of the women's side, Neil Sedgwick says he's extremely excited for Turner to join the squad and adds the Strikers' style of football is similar to the same plan UNBC plays. 

“I am so excited to add Claire to our program," he says. "She will provide us with a hold-up play target who can also drop into midfield and make decisions which will help us keep possession. She knows our playing model well and we are looking forward to watching her progress as a Timberwolf.”

Turner currently plans to enrol in Biomedical Studies once she comes to UNBC with plans of working in obstetrics. 

She will join the team in July for training camp and wants fans to know she's bringing goals to the Timberwolves. 

“I have great communication, and great space awareness," she says. I know where the ball is, and I have my head on a constant swivel. I am quite fast, though my quickness needs to improve. But, all in all, I get goals.”


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