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Excited For 2021: Women’s Soccer Scores Winger With Offensive Talent

Soccer may be cancelled for now but the break in play has provided MCAC teams with additional time and energy to focus on what is ahead, like the 2021 season and the first year of full membership for MCAC teams in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association.

The CMU women's soccer program is eager to announce their second incoming 2021-22 signing, Kalyssa Wasylik. Described by her new CMU coaches as, "a technically-gifted winger who can play a pass and score goals", Wasylik comes to the Blazers after spending most of her developmental years with Whyte Ridge Soccer Club. Wasylik helped her team to two city championships, in 2015 and 2016 and later moved to play indoor soccer with SWCC.

"Kalyssa is a really smart player," said CMU co-head coach Lianna Bestvater. "She is speedy on the wing and can play a great 'give and go' down the line. She is going to fit right in and help us alot as we go forward."

A graduate of Winnipeg's Vincent Massey Collegiate, the cancelled 2020 Manitoba high school season last spring didn't allow Wasylik any chance to ever suit up for the Trojans. Prior to her Grade 11 move to Vincent Massey, Wasylik did represent Linden Christian School on the soccer field where she helped the Wings to a zone championship and a berth in the 2017 Provincials.

 "Kalyssa is very fast and agile," added the other half of the CMU co-coaching partnership, Cara Isaak. "She is also apt to help out defensively, running end-line to end-line, to support the defenders and help build up an attack. She's also quite comfortable with the ball at her feet so we expect her to be a versatile player for us next season."

Bestvater and Isaak will be entering into their 7th season together with the Blazers in 2021 and are both focused on leading CMU back to the conference championship final that they last won in 2018.

"I am very excited for the opportunity to play with CMU and compete in the MCAC," said Wasylik. "I want to improve as a player, learn from my new coaches, meet and get to know other CMU students and become a valuable member of my team."

Full membership in the CCAA ultimately means that 2021 will provide the first chance for the winners of the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference banner to represent Manitoba at the CCAA Women's Soccer National Championships. The reigning CCAA National Champions are Les Dynamiques de Sainte-Foy (RSEQ) who defeated the VIU Mariners (PacWest) 3-0 to win the 2019 National Championship in Edmonton.



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