KELOWNA, BC - The UBC Okanagan Heat women's soccer team is happy to announce that Angelia Ostrom will be joining the squad this fall. The Kelowna Christian School graduate is another strong piece to an already impressive recruiting class.
Angelia has played soccer since she was 10 years old and now has a standout soccer resume. With Kelowna United in 2012 and 2013, she led her team to back to back provincial silver medals. In 2014, she joined Thompson Okanagan Football Club (TOFC) and has played with the local club ever since.
Relationships and education were keys in Ostrom's decision to continue with her soccer career at the Okanagan campus.
"I choose UBCO for two reasons. One, because of the relationship I built with the coaches of my future soccer team. I've had them as mentors for the past two years as they have coached and trained my TOFC soccer team. Their philosophy of having fun, enjoying the game and at the same time, learning and growing as a player, is what has kept me passionate about soccer. Secondly, UBCO has a great reputation as being one of the best schools. They have a large variety of programs and exactly what I was looking for."
A well-rounded recruit and one that will fit in with the UBC Okanagan commitment to community Ostrom learned those values in January of 2016, when she got the opportunity to travel to India. It was a mission's trip with Kelowna Christian School.
"We traveled all around India. It was truly a culture shock for me. I learned so many life lessons during that trip. It made me realize that by putting others first, you become more aware of others and less focused on yourself. It made me reflect back on my life and how much I take for granted."
The coaching staff of the Heat have been working hard going into just their second year adding depth and talent to the squad and both head coach Craig Smith and assistant Carli Tingstad were pleased with the commitment from the former TOFC player.
"We are really looking forward to adding some local talent to our roster and working with Ang. We are excited about what Ang will bring to the university as a person and as an athlete."
The offesnisively minded Ostrom will be joined on the Heat roster with her TOFC teammate midfielder Erica Lampert , those two will join a robust recruiting class that already features six other commitments as Kathleen Deady (defender), Erica Reis (midfielder), Kacee Ougden (midfielder), Mackenzie Pfoh (striker), Anastazia Ziros (Defender) and Jillian Hunt (defender) have all already committed to the squad for the upcoming season.
The Heat kick off their 2017-18 season on September 9th in Kelowna against the UNBC Timberwolves. For the full women's soccer schedule click here .