Mikayla Dayes, a Forward with the Woodbridge Strikers 1999 Girls Team who has also featured for the Striker’s League1 Ontario side, has been invited to join the U17 Canadian Women’s National Team on their upcoming trip to China from July 8-18, 2016.
Mikayla is the second Woodbridge Strikers player to get called in by the Canadian National Team program in recent months. Jessica Lisi (born 1998), who won the 2015 League1 Ontario Golden Boot award and was also named 2015 Young Player of the Year, recently attended a U20 WNT camp in Mexico
“I am very honored and proud to have been chosen to represent my country”, said Mikayla. “I don’t know what to expect, but I am ready for the challenge”.
Strikers’ Head Coach Joe Parolini is understandably quite proud of the progress made by his young, talented forward.
“Mikayla has grown in stature over the past several months, both physically, mentally and tactically”, said Parolini. “She’s a more complete player.
Mikayla has benefited from training week in, week out, with the Strikers’ talented senior players who make up the core of the club’s undefeated League1 Ontario squad.
“I feel that the training with players like Christabel Oduro, Alyscha Mottershead, Jessica Lisi, Emily Piettrangelo, Diamond Simpson and April Syme has matured me. They encourage me at training and during games”, said Mikayla. “Playing in League1 is amazing, and the caliber pushes me, ” I look forward to the challenge as it helps me grow as a player.”
Mikayla Dayes and Jessica Lisi are among many young women who participate in the club’s Scholarship Program,led by Joe Parolini. This program was developed with the express purpose of preparing many of the region’s top female players to earn lucrative athletic scholarship opportunities at top NCAA programs in the United States. This intensive training program brings those selected players together 4 to 5 times per week and sees them train with a number of more senior players, several of whom have been involved with the Canadian Women’s National Team program at one point or another.
Mikayla and her Strikers 1999 Girls teammates, which came together just a few months ago, have logged approximately 10,000 km this year, having played 10 games against NCAA Division 1 and Division 2 schools, as well playing friendlies against several ECNL (Elite Club National League) teams in the US. Additionally, the team has participated in (and won) several Showcase Tournaments on both sides of the border.
Three players from the 1999 group have already committed to “Full Ride” scholarship offers this past week & Coach Parolini expects another 10-15 players to make similar commitments by the end of July, with many prominent NCAA schools showing significant interest.
The Woodbridge Strikers Soccer Club, Coach Parolini andher teammates wish Mikayla all the best in her first National Team experience.