Sanderson Joins Memphis Women's Soccer for 2013 Season
Jan. 17, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - University of Memphis women's soccer head coach Brooks Monaghan announced Thursday that Canadian U17 National Team standout Valérie Sanderson has joined the Lady Tigers squad for the 2013 season.
"Val brings a lot of experience to the table as she was a key member of the Canadian U17 National Team," Monaghan said. "She is a versatile player that can play up top or in the midfield, but the best position we see for Val on our team is center forward. She is fantastic in the air and she can score goals. She is strong and she is good with her back to the goal which all summarizes what we look for in a center forward."
Sanderson brings a wealth of international experience to the Bluff City as she has been a member of both the U17 and U15 Canadian National development teams. Most recently, Sanderson played for the U17 squad at the FIFA World Cup in Azerbaijan where she scored one goal before the side was eliminated in the quarterfinals. Last summer, she helped the Canadian U17 squad to a silver medal at the 2012 CONCACAF Women's U17 Championship in Guatemala.
"Val is a player that has the potential to score a lot of goals for us," Monaghan said. "She has a bright future ahead of her here at Memphis and the expectations are for her to be a goal scorer. We are extremely excited to have her and we expect her to compete for playing time right away."
The Boisbriand, Quebec, native has helped Team Quebec to three silver medals and a bronze medal in the last four years. Playing for FC Boisbriand, Sanderson helped the squad to Quebec club championships in 2009 and 2011. The team captain for team Quebec, Sanderson was named 2009 Club Elite Player of the Year and was the top club goal scorer in 2009 and 2010.
Sanderson originally signed for the 2012 season, but elected to play in the FIFA World Cup and she enrolled in the spring semester which starts today. Valerie is the daughter of Kevin Sanderson and Catherine Marceau. She has not decided on her plans for a major.