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Women’s Soccer Introduces Westwood Defender for the 2021 Season

It may yet be another 10 months until the first kick of the 2021 MCAC Women's Soccer regular season takes place, but the roster for the CMU Blazers continues to round into form.

The most recent addition is Westwood Collegiate's Alyssa Rendina, a strong tackling, central defender who her new CMU head coaches, Lianna Bestvater and Cara Isaak say, "will fit in perfectly."

"Alyssa has very good insticts as a defender," said Isaak. "she's a solid tackler, positions herself well, is good at winning the ball in the air and we've also noticed that she can deliver a good ball from a set piece. We're really happy to have her commitment next season."

Rendina has been a big part of the Westwood Warriors high school program in the Winnipeg High School Indoor Soccer League where the Warriors have advanced to the semifinals the past two seasons. She has also suited up with the St. Charles Force as a club indoor player.

On the outdoor pitch, the defender has regularly represented the Sturgeon Heights Hawks since 2014. She has contributed to a Slurpee Cup Championship and also has had the opportunity to take second-place in a spring tournament in Saskatoon despite losing the championship match in a penalty shootout.

"I have bounced around a lot over the years playing in multiple positions but never felt that I truly connected with one until I played central defence," said the soon-to-be Westwood graduate. "I feel that I have more confidence and control when players are attacking and offensively I feel that I have a better opportunity to see the whole field and am able to set up plays or passes accordingly." 

Rendina has responded to the confidence that she has gained on the field by inspiring younger female players through a community coaching position she has held for the past three years.

"Coaching has been a great opportunity for me to share my passion for soccer and it is very rewarding to be able to see the girls learn the skills that I have taught them," added Rendina.

Bestvater and Isaak are very excited to have another confident young defender and aspiring coach who is active in her soccer community, eager to lace up her boots and represent CMU next season.

"Alyssa has a really great personality that I think will fit perfectly with our current group of players," added Isaak. "Her play is assertive and tough, but her attitude to her teammates is warm and motivating."

The Board of Directors of the MCAC are scheduled to meet this Friday to make an ultimate final decision on the future of any varsity sport competitions taking place this winter, including that of MCAC futsal. The 'code red' restricitions in the province of Manitoba combined with the very serious transmission rates and hospitalization numbers caused by the second wave of the corona virus pandemic, leave little doubt as to where the conference's decision is heading when the representatives gather virtually later this week. 



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