By Yoos, Cam on October 23, 2019.
Soccer players took the honours as the University of Lethbridge named its Two Guys and a Pizza Place Pronghorn Athletes of the Week for last week.
Damon Field took the men’s award, while Anneke De Klerk was top female athlete.
Closing out his first Canada West season, Field capped off an impressive campaign with the program this past weekend.
Saturday afternoon, the six-foot-six defender got his head on the end of a Pronghorn corner kick to score his first career Canada West goal and earn the Pronghorns a 1-1 tie on the road versus the MacEwan Griffins.
The Calgary product started all 14 games as a freshman and played every single minute for the Pronghorns. In addition to scoring his first Canada West goal, Field became a very valuable member of the Pronghorns defensive core.
Pushing towards a berth in the Canada West post-season, first-year Pronghorn women’s soccer defender De Klerk helped the Pronghorns secure the final playoff spot in the Prairie Division during the final weekend of the season.
Over the two games, De Klerk played all 180 minutes and held the offences of both the Winnipeg Wesmen and Manitoba Bisons in check for majority of the games.
Her defensive positioning and ability to win the ball through the middle of the field were instrumental in helping the Pronghorns secure the playoff berth in their hard-fought 1-1 tie Friday night versus the Winnipeg Wesmen.
On the season, the local product has started every game and played all 90 minutes of each game, while establishing herself as an impactful player on the Pronghorns backline in her first season.
De Klerk and the Pronghorn women’s soccer team heads to Saskatoon this weekend and will face the UBC Thunderbirds Friday afternoon in the first game of the Canada West playoffs. The winner will advance to face the Saskatchewan Huskies Sunday afternoon.