The honours continue for Cape Breton University’s men’s and women’s soccer teams.
Fourth-year striker Karolyne Blain (Sudbury, ON), was among those student-athletes named Friday, to represent Canada in women’s soccer at the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea (July 3-14).
Blain will join fellow Capers’ strikers Justin Maheu (Ottawa, ON) and Ian Greedy (Lower Sackville, NS) who were named to the Canadian men’s squad two weeks ago. The three are the only soccer players from the AUS to be named to the national sides.
“We are extremely pleased to see our student-athletes recognized among the best players in the country,” said John Ryan, CBU Director of Athletics. “It’s a great honour to be asked to represent your country and I am confident all three of our Capers will be excellent ambassadors for Canada and Cape Breton University.”
Since 2000, both Capers men’s and women’s soccer programs have established themselves as two of the premier university programs in the country. The women’s program has captured seven AUS banners and CBU’s lone national championship, winning CIS goal in 2007. On the men’s side, the Capers have three AUS titles to go along with CIS silver and bronze medal finishes. Their combined 10 AUS championships are the most of any school in the AUS since 2000.
“We have been fortunate to have great coaching and dedicated student-athletes who have helped raise the profile of our soccer programs, not just regionally, but nationally,” said Ryan. “With Karolyne, Ian and Justin you see everything you would like to find in a student-athlete – determination, dedication and a desire to be the best both on the field of play and in the classroom.”
Blain has been nothing but sensational since her arrival in Cape Breton. On the field, the 5’ speedster has scored 43 times in just 44 AUS regular season games while earing Rookie of the Year honours in 2011 and being named AUS Most Valuable Player in 2013 and 2014. A three-time All-Canadian, Blain is also a four-time Academic All-Canadian and was recently honoured with the James Bayer Memorial Scholarship awarded annually to an outstanding student-athlete in Atlantic University Sport for excellence in academics, athletics, leadership, sportsmanship and citizenship. She is the first CBU student-athlete to win the award in its 29-year history.
AUS Rookie of the Year in 2010 and AUS Most Valuable Player in 2013, Greedy completed his career as CBU’s all-time leading goal scorer with 42, good for fifth overall in AUS history. A three-time All-Canadian, Greedy was at his best on the national stage, scoring five-times, including three game winners, in six CIS tournament games while leading the Capers two both of their national medals.
The newest of the three, Maheu became the first male student-athlete in CBU history to earn the country’s most prestigious award, being named CIS Player of the Year this past fall. AUS Most Valuable Player and CIS All-Canadian in 2014, the second-year striker scored 15 times in just 11 games and established himself as a threat to Greedy’s scoring records.
“It’s hard to believe the individual success we have seen with these three,” said Ryan. “To have both conference MVP’s and scoring champions the past two seasons is certainly not something we think will happen, but when you look at the track record of these two programs you do see a history of individual, as well as team success.”
To go along with those 10 AUS banners, CBU soccer programs have combined for two CIS Player of the Year awards, 10 AUS Most Valuable Player awards, eight AUS Rookie of the Year awards, nine AUS Coach of the Year awards and more than 275 AUS All-Star awards.