WSOC | Carey adds Brown and Andrews-Tatlow to 2017-18 roster

July 17, 2017 – Kodiaks women’s soccer head coach Sean Carey is proud to announce the signing of two additional recruits for 2017-18, officially introducing goalkeeper JILLIAN BROWN and defender SHAYLA ANDREWS-TATLOW as part of his roster for next season.   

JILLIAN BROWN

Brown is a native of Calgary, AB that will be expected to push hard in training camp for a starting role as the Kodiaks keeper.

“Jill is going to add a bit of competition for the goalkeeping spot” said Carey about his latest recruit. “I think it’s important to have competition for every position on the field, especially for goaltenders because they can push each other and work together. Having her here should really help push us forward as a team.”  

In an interview brimming with confidence and laughter, Brown says that leadership and positivity are important components to her game.

“As a goalie, I like to take a leadership role” describes Brown. “Especially in the position of keeper I think you need to be a leader to the team. I definitely like to be encouraging and supportive in the back and make sure the girls up front are together as well.”

Brown is returning to soccer after spending time away from the game due to an ACL injury. She is no stranger to Lethbridge College, having attended her first year of the school’s nursing program last year.  

“[Lethbridge College] actually has a very good nursing program, which is why I came here in the first place” said Brown.  

When asked what she’s looking forward to the most about next season, Brown says she's simply looking forward to being a teammate again after being away from the game.

“Honestly I’m looking forward to being on a team again. It’s been a little bit of time, I tore my ACL and stopped playing soccer for a bit. Since I’ve already got my first year [of college] out of the way I know what that will be like. I think the newest thing will be joining the team and being on a college soccer team, that’s the most exciting thing I’m looking forward to.”

 

SHAYLA ANDREWS-TATLOW

Andrews-Tatlow joins the Kodiaks from nearby Raymond, AB, and promises to add a high degree of athleticism and tenacity to Carey’s roster.

“Shayla is very athletic. She actually came into our ID camp as a goalie but once we put her out into the field, we noticed she’s quick and she flourished” says Carey. “With some additional work at training camp I know she’s going to be a really good asset for us. With her experience as a keeper we’re looking at having Shayla play on the defensive side of the ball, since she has that keen awareness on the field.”

In his first year back at the helm of the Kodiaks women’s squad, Carey says the signing of Andrews-Tatlow fits perfectly with the style of play he is looking to implement.   

“One thing that stood out for us at the ID camp was Shayla’s aggression, she doesn’t back down from any ball, so that’s going to be a nice asset to have” describes Carey. “High-tempo [is] the game style I like to have the girls play. We’re liking the look of our women’s team right now.”

Determined on pursuing a career with the RCMP, playing collegiate soccer wasn’t always in Shayla’s immediate plans post high school. After attending the Kodiaks ID camp, however, she knew her love of the game was too strong to hang up the cleats.

“Originally I was going to go to the RCMP depot in Regina, and then I realized that my soccer career would be over and I was kinda upset about that” said Andrews-Tatlow. “I ended up coming to one of the Kodiaks ID camps and I loved it, every single second of it. So I thought if I came here and played soccer I could also take my criminal justice diploma. It was the best of both worlds.”

When asked to describe herself as a player, Andrews-Tatlow says that she focuses on communication and creating bonds with her teammates.  

“When I play defence I communicate a lot with my teammates, I build a lot of bonds with the other players because a big, major thing is to build relationships” said Andrews-Tatlow. “One of the main things I do is build trust and bonds with the other players on my team.”

“I’m excited to get back on the field, meet new people and build new relationships.”

With a strong returning class and a handful of eager newcomers, Carey is excited to see his squad hit the field for training camp in mid-August.

“From top to bottom we’re going to have very strong positions on the field and lots of competition for each starting spot” says an excited Carey.

“That also means the girls on the bench should be coming off and making a difference when they get a chance to play, and that’s what you need.” 

Kodiaks Fast Facts: While Jill and Shayla will be teammates on the field, the same won’t be said when it comes to the next El Clásico. Jill’s favourite pro club is Barcelona, while Shayla’s is Real Madrid…The Kodiaks open their 2017 season with a home match against Red Deer College on Sept. 9.