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Caelan Budhoo a national champion with Cape Breton

WSA Winnipeg’s Caelan Budhoo saw his dramatic journey to the U-Sports Men’s Soccer championship end with a shootout victory and a national title. The Cape Breton Capers capped off an unbeaten season with the 3-2 win over the Montreal Carabins in Kamloops, BC.

“When our keeper saved the final penalty in the shootout, I felt relief more than anything,” Budhoo said.  “(It was) the feeling that everything you sacrificed has finally paid off with a national title under my belt.”

The creative midfielder scored a goal, added an assist and picked up a man of the match award on the way to being named a tournament all-star.

A versatile player, Budhoo made 13 PDL appearances for the Wolfpack in 2017, primarily as a defender. He returned to his regular midfield position in Cape Breton, playing in 11 regular season games with a goal and four assists.

“Playing in the PDL and training with Eduardo in the summer brought me to the level of play I needed to be at to succeed at the university level,” Budhoo said. “Things like fitness and my touches were where they needed to be for when I arrived at Cape Breton.”

That PDL connection also led to an interesting journey to the national title. Up against the Capers in their AUS conference title game were the University of New Brunswick, led by WSA goalkeeper Evan Barker.

“My favourite games are the ones against Evan because it brings back the joy I had when I used to score on him in training or at the park,” Budhoo said.

“I never got to score on him in a real game to be fair, but it’s always nice seeing a hometown friend when you’re far away from home. He’s been doing an amazing job at UNB. I’m proud to be his teammate.”

In an effort to defend the national championship, Budhoo intends to return to WSA Winnipeg for the 2018 PDL season. The Premier Development League is the top choice for University Soccer players in North America during their off-season.

WSA’s Lafreniere Represents Canada at World University Games

Former University of Manitoba Bison women’s soccer team captain, Julie Lafreniere has been a WSA North Stars player for the past two seasons. In 2012 she played the early part of the season with WSA before leaving the team to finish her Bison commitments.  Julie is a strong player and a mainstay in our successful Ottawa Fury games in the spring trip of 2012.

Julie is an outside defensive back with explosive speed.  She will often join the attack in the offensive zone, but her quickness allows her to get back to defend once the ball has turned over.

In the spring of 2013, Julie was selected to Team Canada for games in Kazan, Russia at the 2013 Summer Universiade. Pre-tournament exhibition games provided for travel in a number of European countries, and some excellent soccer even before getting to the games in Russia. Julie said, “The experience is amazing. I’ve had the chance to play. I’m in every game and started 2 of the 3 so far. And the athlete village is amazing here.” Canada finished in 10th place with a 3 wins and 3 losses record in the tournament.

We were very fortunate to have Julie with our North Stars squad up until the end of June when she left for the Russian games. She is an amazing soccer talent and a quality leader and teammate.  Julie has now left the Winnipeg to further her education Chicago. We look forward to her playing with us in the future, whenever she is back in Winnipeg and available to play.