CBU sniper sets AUS scoring record
Fourth-year striker Karolyne Blain of the Cape Breton University Capers women's soccer team etched her name into the AUS record books Sunday.
The Sudbury, ON native scored twice in a 5-1 road victory over the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers Sunday giving her an AUS single season record of 16 goals, eclipsing the previous mark of 15 held by Tessa Roach of UPEI.
The AUS Most Valuable Player a season ago, Blain has been arguably the most dynamic scorer in the CIS during her four years with the Capers.
As a rookie, the 5' speedster earned AUS Rookie of the Year and CIS Second Team all-Canadian honours after tying Kristina Weatherbie's CBU single season scoring record with 13 goals.
A preseason injury limited the two-time all-Canadian to just five appearances in her sophomore season, but she returned with a vengeance in 2013, setting a new CBU single season record with 14 goals enroute to being named AUS MVP and CIS First Team all-Canadian.
For her career, Blain has averaged almost a goal a game, scoring 43 goals in just 44 regular season games. She has 11 game winners among the total and is a perfect three-for-three on penalty kicks.
In her three full seasons (2011, 2013, 2014), Blain has accounted for 43 per cent of the Capers offence with 43 of her team's 99 goals, including more than half this year with 16 of the squad's 31 goals.
One of her most impressive stats may be in the breakdown of her scoring. Blain has scored 20 goals at home while registering 23 on the road.
Overall, Blain's 43 goals sit third best in AUS history, trailing just Roche (46) and Weatherbie (45).
Both Roche and Weatherbie played five seasons in the AUS while Blain may have just completed her final regular season contest after four years in Cape Breton.
A three-time Academic all-Canadian, Blain will graduate with her Bachelor of Science degree next spring and hopes to begin pursuit of her MD next fall.