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Coquitlam's Sophia Ferreira receives 2022 Canada West all-star nod

The second-year defender is also hoping to lead UBC soccer to its first conference title in six years.
Coquitlam's Sophia Ferreira, a defender with the UBC Thunderbirds, has been named to 2022 Canada West's first-term all-star roster for women's soccer a year after she was named the conference rookie of the year.

Sophia Ferreria is building on her success at Canada's highest level of university soccer.

A year after her rookie-of-the-year performance, the Coquitlam product's sophomore season with UBC now includes a Canada West conference first-team all-star selection.

The 20-year-old helped defend the backend for the Thunderbirds this year in only allowing seven goals in 14 regular-season matches, including nine shutouts.

Ferreira also added a goal, three assists and 12 shots on offense that led UBC to a conference-best 13-1 record in the 2022 campaign.

And the former Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club (CMFSC) member played the full 90 minutes in six of those games.

Ferreira's one of five defenders named to Canada West's first-team all-star roster. She's also currently studying kinesology at UBC.

In 2021, the Centennial Secondary alumna recorded six assists in 10 games, and aided in UBC's defence to only allow four goals, to be named the conference rookie of the year.

Her skills and teamwork took the T-Birds all the way to the conference final, but lost to Trinity Western (TWU) by a score of 1-0. 

At Thunderbird Stadium on Friday (Oct. 28), Ferreira played 45 minutes in the Canada West quarter-final and successfully defended against the Regina Cougars' offense as UBC finished with a convincing 8-1 victory.

That was the second time this year the T-Birds potted eight goals in a single match — also defeating UFV 8-0 in the season-opener — and was the fourth match with four goals of more.

Ferreira's set to suit up next weekend in the Canada West women's soccer semi-finals. The date, time and opponent is yet to be determined.


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