March 12, 2019 – Even with his team preparing to host this weekend’s ACAC Futsal championships, Lethbridge College Kodiaks women’s soccer head coach Sean Carey has found time to focus on recruiting for the team’s future.
Carey officially announced a pair of signings on Tuesday, securing commitments from Lethbridge products Khloe Jankowiak and Ashley Sazalski.
Both girls are expected to add offensive punch to next fall's roster, joining a recent wave of local talent to enter the Kodiaks program.
Although the pair grew up in the Lethbridge system, both played their last season with the Calgary Blizzard Soccer Club, making multiple trips to the big city each week.
Carey is excited to see the attacking impact the two additions will bring to the lineup.
“These two girls really give you a lot of opportunities in the field, and they really add a lot of quality to the game,” said an excited Carey. “Khloe plays the game the way I love it being played. She’s really physical and has a lot of skills that go with that. She can dictate a game in the mid-field, and we have some girls on this team that can thrive from that.”
“Ashley, on the other hand, she just has a great eye for goal,” remarks Carey. “Great feet, very quick and agile. She brings another dimension to the forward line we’ll have next year. She has great positional awareness of where she has to be. She knows where the ball is going and is always looking ahead a couple of passes.”
“They’re going to be two great additions for our program”
Khloe poses with her proud grandmother.
Jankowiak is a mid-fielder who describes herself as an “aggressive” player that likes to take a high volume of shots and outwork her opponents.
When asked why she chose to come to Lethbridge College, Jankowiak said she wanted to part of the Kodiaks growing culture of excellence.
“It’s definitely an improving program, which is awesome,” said Jankowiak. “The team works around the way I play, which is aggressive and on-the ball. I’m excited.”
Sazalski is a forward who claims to have a very attack minded mentality.
“I like to score goals,” laughed Sazalski when asked about her offensive mindset.
Having played with Jankowiak for her whole life, Sazalski says having a close friend join the team at the same time will make the transition to college soccer a lot easier.
“It’s a lot more comfortable to play with someone I know,” said Sazalski.
Sazalski closed by saying she is most excited about improving her style as a player, and is looking forward to the challenge of playing at the collegiate level.
Focusing on their own backyard
Entering his third year at the helm of the Kodiaks, Carey has made a concerted effort to attract local talent to his program.
“It’s really exciting to get girls out of Lethbridge,” says Carey. “Especially when they put their heart and soul into our youth programs. To be able to reward them like this is great.”
Carey hopes to create a culture that keeps Lethbridge athletes thinking local when it comes to choosing a college program.
“To have these two players come and play for the college, hopefully it creates that snowball effect. Last year we had five girls come out of the LFC program, so this year adding another two and maybe a couple more down the road is great. It starts to put the college on the map and gets graduating LFC players thinking about the college as a real good option to continue their soccer career, and academic pursuits too.”
Both Jankowiak and Sazalski will enter the college’s Bachelor of Nursing program once courses begin next fall, joining numerous others on the team who have chosen to pursue a career in nursing.
2019 ACAC Futsal Championships on the horizon
The current edition of the Kodiaks will host the 2019 ACAC Futsal Championships at the Val Matteotti Gym starting on Friday, March 15. The home side will take on U of A – Augustana to open the tournament at 8:30 a.m., followed by a match against Ambrose at 1:45 p.m.
Ticket and schedule information is available on the tournament home page.