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Former Falcon Rachael Pelat Returns to Guide Women's Soccer Team
Jan 27, 2017
The Langara Falcons are excited to welcome back alumna Rachael Pelat as head coach of the women’s soccer team. Pelat was a league all-star multiple times when she played for Langara for three seasons, 2004-2007. She was the Canadian College Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Year in 2006, leading Langara to their second consecutive national championship.
“Langara has had a strong women’s soccer program for as long as I can remember, and I plan on and am excited to maintain that reputation,” said Pelat. “The experiences, successes, and challenges I faced as a student-athlete at Langara truly helped shape who I am today. As a head coach, I am able to relate to what the players go through, and equipped to lead and guide them to success on the field.”
Pelat’s first order of business this off-season is getting the team together more frequently, planning identification camps for incoming players, and recruitment for the 2017-18 season. The Falcons finished 6-4-2 last season, losing to the Capilano Blues in the PACWEST Provincial Soccer Championship bronze medal game.
“I am excited to get out there and find additional talent to add to the group. It’s important to me that the student-athletes that come through the program have similar successes, opportunities, and experiences that I did when I was here,” she said.
“I am very excited to have Rachael on board to take over our women’s soccer program,” said Jake McCallum, Director, Athletics & Intramurals. “Not only does she have the expertise and passion to be a great coach at this level, she has links to and an understanding of the history and tradition that makes Falcons soccer special.”
In her three seasons with the Falcons, Pelat earned numerous individual awards and lead Langara to the CCAA championship in 2006 and 2007. In 2006-07, she was named a British Columbia Colleges' Athletic Association (BCCAA) 1st team all-star, BCCAA Female Athlete of the Year, named to the National Championship All-Tournament Team and the CCAA Player of the Year. Sport BC recognized her as the College Athlete of the Year in 2006.
Rachael has spent time coaching over the past decade with Surrey United SC, Coquitlam Metro Ford SC, and most recently at Douglas College where she has assisted with the women's soccer program since 2011.
Falcons Finish Fourth at PACWEST Championships
Oct 31, 2016
The Falcons finished off their season at the PACWEST Provincial Championships this past weekend at Burnaby Lake Turf. On Friday the Falcons faced the VIU Mariners on a beautiful day for soccer. The Falcons and Mariners battled back and forth in the first half with the Falcons having a great chance to open the scoring, but put one off the crossbar. The stalemate wasn't broken until well into the second half, after some sustaned pressure by the Falcons, they were able to open the scoring off a beautifully placed corner kick from Giulia Repole and headed home by Chelsea Simpkins. VIU was able to fight back and only minutes later when a breakdown at the back lead to a tieing goal for VIU. VIU seemed to possess the momentum after that and in the final minutes were able to pot the go ahead goal. With the loss the Falcons were relegated into the match for the bronze.
In the Bronze medal match the Falcons faced Capilano University. The game got off to a slow start with not many opportunities for either team until a defensive breakdown for the Falcons allowed Capilano to score the go ahead goal in the 30th minute. The Falcons regrouped in the second half, and Giulia Repole was able to put in an equalizer in the 60th minute. Neither team could find a winner in regulation, so the game went to penalty kicks and Capilano was able to get the win in the end 2-1.
Oct 27, 2016
Congratulations to Brooke Schlossarek on being named a PACWEST All-Star and to Anastazia Ziros on being named a PACWEST All-Star and PACWEST Rookie of the Year!
Brooke is a second year captain who split time between fullback and centerback for the Falcons. Her tenacity and willingness to compete for every inch is on display everytime she is on the pitch. She is a fantastic ball winner both in the air or through a tough tackle. Brooke is also very comfortable playing out of the back and has kick started many Falcons' scoring opportunities.
Anastazia is a first year Falcon who claimed her spot as leader of a young backline right from the start of the season. Anastazia possesses good pace, and is strong in the air. She is at her best when she takes the oppotunity to step out of the back and either run at players or play penetrating balls forward.
Falcons Off to PACWEST Championships
Oct 25, 2016
The Falcons finished off league play last weekend with a 3-1 victory over the Quest Kermodes. A two goal performance by 5th year forward Amelia Brown was the highlight of the day as both she and her sister Chelsea Brown were recognized before the match for their handwork and dedication to the program. The Falcons now head into the PACWEST Provincial Championship Oct 28th-29th at Burnaby Lake Turf with some positive momentum. The Falcons will play the VIU Marineers in what will surely be a heated contest, with the winner earning the right to the Provicial Championship final as well as a birth to the CCAA National Championships in Montreal Nov 9-12.
Falcons Off to a Flying Start
Sept 13, 2016
The Langara Falcons womens' soccer team has gotten off to a flying start this season. They opened up the season on Wednesday Sept 7th on the road at Douglas College. Douglas is the defending PACWEST Champions and the Falcons were expecting a tough test. The game turned out to be tightly contested and the Falcons were able to pull out a 1-0 victory thanks to a goal by Alessia Cuzzetto in the 62nd minute. On Saturday Sept 10th the Falcons were off to the North Shore to face the Capilano Blues. The Blues are a much improved team from last season and battled the Falcons to a 1-1 draw. Sunday Sept 11th had the Falcons hosting their first home game of the season against the visiting Vancouver Island University Mariners. The Falcons and Mariners seemed pretty evenly match in the early going with neither team getting quality scoring chances. The Mariners eventually were the first to break through with a goal from Rachel Jones late in the first half. In the second half the Mariners found the back of the net again thanks to Madeline Dawson, putting the Mariners up 2-0. The Falcons continued to battle hard and eventually were rewarded earning a penalty kick. Dannijela Gordic stepped up to the spot and made it count, cutting the lead to 2-1. The Falcons continued to press and Ana Lukic managed to tie the game with her first goal of the season. The final minutes were intense as both teams pushed to find a winner. The Falcons were awarded a penalty in the dying moments of the game, but VIU keeper Emilly Rowbotham came up with a fantastic save to preserve the tie for her team.
Up next for the Falcons will be a home game at Musqueam Turf on Saturday Sept 17th versus Quest University, kickoff at 12 noon.