Teen soccer stars named Players of the Year

By Admin Wednesday December 12 2012 in Sports
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Midfield player Doneil Henry, Toronto FC academy’s first graduate, and youth team captain Ashley Lawrence, are the Canadian Under-20 and Under-17 Players of the Year.


A member of the national Under-20 side, Henry made his international senior team debut last August and helped the Canadian Under-23 team come within a win of qualifying for the London 2012 Olympics. Last March at the Confederation of North, Central American & Caribbean Associations of Soccer (CONCACAF) qualifying competition, he netted the opening goal in a 2-0 win over the United States. He also helped Toronto FC reach the semi-final of the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League and capture its fourth consecutive Amway Canadian championship.


“Doneil should be proud of being recognized a Canadian Under-20 Player of the Year,” said national Under-20 coach, Nick Dasovic. “I have seen him mature as a player and as a person on and off the field. His hard work, dedication and passion have been a driving force in helping him achieve this award. I wish him all the very best in achieving his ultimate dream.”


Henry captured 37.8 per cent of the votes.


Lawrence played a key role in Canada’s qualification for the International Soccer Federation (FIFA) Under-17 Women’s World Cup for a third biennial cycle. In May, she was a member of the national side that won a silver medal in the regional competition in Guatemala, earning Canadian Player of the Match honours in a 1-0 loss to the Americans in the championship game.


The Under-17 Canadian Player of the Year in 2011, Lawrence plays for the Erin Mills Mighty Eagles and recently secured a senior team call up for a national camp this week in British Columbia.


“Ashley is a player that continues to excel on a yearly basis,” said women’s Under-17 coach, Bryan Rosenfeld. “Her passion and commitment towards the game and her country is contagious. As she continues to grow as a player and person, I can only see her achieving the highest level within the national program.”


The midfield player picked up 44.6 per cent of the votes.



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