WSOC | Veteran goalkeeper crosses river to join Kodiaks

WSOC | Veteran goalkeeper crosses river to join Kodiaks

May 30, 2019 – The Kodiaks women’s soccer team have added a veteran presence in net. 

Head coach Sean Carey is excited to introduce goalkeeper Micaela Stone as the latest addition to his 2019-20 roster. Stone will enter her fifth season of eligibility after playing the previous four seasons with the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns (USPORTS).

Carey is excited to add a player with commanding leadership skills and experience playing at a high level of competition. 

“Mick is a great pickup for us,” says Carey. “She’s got four years of experience at the USPORTS level and it gives us that veteran presence at the back. It will help [fellow Kodiaks keeper] Paige Gattafoni continue to develop her game too.”

Gattafoni and Stone were previously Pronghorn teammates and happen to be roommates, which will fuel a friendly competition for playing time.

Joining the EMT program  

A desire for a career change spurred Stone’s decision to come to Lethbridge College, as she will begin the Emergency Medical Technician program once classes begin in the fall. 

“I was working a job for a year and it wasn’t a great fit for me. I didn’t like the desk work,” laughs Stone. “So I thought I’d go back to school and why not play at the same time. I spared a year at the U of L due to injuries, so I have that year to use up.” 

She followed the Kodiaks during their run to the ACAC bronze medal last fall and is excited to see what she can bring to the team. 

“I like to think I bring some veteranism,” chuckles Stone. “It will be good, I think I can bring something to the back line. I like to be vocal and help out, and offer advice if need be. I saw the girls had a great result last year. Paige played fantastic that last game and I hope to live up to that standard this year and see what I can do.” 

Depth a priority for Carey

One of Carey’s recruiting priorities this offseason was adding quality depth to every position.

The addition of Stone helps him accomplish that goal.

“It gives us another one of those pieces. We want to have quality at every position, and not just one player,” says Carey. “You want to have multiple girls that can play every position at the highest level. If we’re going to try to go one step further than last year and achieve our goal of making a national championship tournament appearance, she’s definitely a huge piece that’s going to help with that.”

A vocal leader  

Goalkeepers need to take command of their defense, and Stone comes with a reputation for being a strong vocal leader. 

“Micks very vocal. She talks a lot,” says Carey. “She’s demanding and firm with what she wants from her defenders and that’s what you want from your goalie. At the end of the day it comes from the experience that she has.”

Carey has lots of familiarity with Stone from coaching her in youth soccer. 

“She’s played a high level as a youth as well, I’ve known her since she was a little girl and I’ve watched her career the whole way,” says Carey. “I didn’t expect to have this opportunity to have her play her final year with us, and I’m very excited for it.”

Looking ahead  

The Kodiaks will hold training camp in mid-August before beginning 2019 ACAC conference play in September.