By Davie Wong
The Douglas College Royals women’s soccer program are back in action, and they’ve wasted no time moving forward. The Royals are pleased to announce the commitment of Ashley Bristow, and Martina Pettenon to the 2017-2018 women’s soccer program. Both players come to the Royals from Burnaby side, Mountain United FC.
Head coach Chris Laxton had this to say about the recruits: “I coached against Ashley and Martina for a few years and I look forward to having them playing with us and not against us. They come from a terrific environment and I know they will be well prepared for the jump to the PACWEST. I'm excited to work with Ashley and Martina as they continue their development as student athletes in our school and with our program”.
Mountain United FC
Burnaby North Secondary (Burnaby, BC)
Ashley Bristow comes into the team with a good looking list of credentials. She’s been a part of a BNWSSAA High School team that won back-to-back championships from 2014-2015, as well as a part of Mountain United FC’s team of the year in 2015.
Her play has even earned her the praise of her former Mountain United FC head coach, Lee Tregonning. “Ashley is a kind, honest, and hard-working individual. She’s the type of player every coach wants in their team. Ashley is a technically gifted player that understands the game very well. She is without doubt a great addition to Douglas and PACWEST”.
Her new head coach, Chris Laxton is looking forward to her expertise on the sides of the field. “Ashley is a steady and consistent player who can play on the left or right side. She reads the game well and is able to intervene defensively, while being able to help develop attacking moves and help create chances in the final third”.
Although new to the team, Bristow already has her eyes set on the top. “I'm really excited to get the opportunity to play for the Royals and to start working towards a championship title”.
Mountain United FC
Burnaby Mountain Secondary (Burnaby, BC)
Martina Pettenon comes into the team as a high value utility players. Her ability to contribute to any team from any position on the field has already netted her a handful of accolades, including a silver medal at the BC Soccer U16 Premier League Provincial Cup, and a place on the 2015 Mountain United FC team of the year.
Her versatility has allowed her to be an impact player for her Mountain United FC club team for five years. However, Chris Laxton believes that her greatest strengths lay in her attacking prowess. “Martina is a technical, attack-minded player. She is versatile and will be able to play a few different roles with us including creating chances and finishing”.
“I am excited to take my five years of BC Premier League Soccer to the next level with the Douglas College Women's Team”. – Martina Pettenon