Two Mount Royal Cougars women's soccer players have been recognized by the league. For the second consecutive year, Quinn Hardstaff has been named to the 2018 Second-Team All-Stars. Additionally Rose Hemans, who joined the Cougars this year from Crystal Palace Ladies FC, has been named to the 2018 Canada West All-Rookie team.
The Cougars had a historical season, earning more wins and points than ever before since joining U SPORTS in 2012/13. Many of this year's new recruits hit the ground running and that certainly played a roll in this season's success. Rose Hemans played in eleven matches this year and earned three of Mount Royal's four clean sheets. She was in the top five in all of Canada West in save percentage, and top ten in goals against and total number of saves.
Head Coach Tino Fusco was happy with the large step forward his international freshman took. "We enjoyed Rose coming into our program this year. It allowed us to start playing the way we wanted to play, which is playing out of the back. She was vocal, she was athletic, and she has some great leadership abilities which come from the experience of where she comes from."
As mentioned earlier, Quinn Hardstaff is a Second Team All-Star. The Bachelor of Nursing student played in twelve matches this year for the Cougars and although she didn't register a point this year, she was a shutdown defender that was relied on heavily by her team; she was named Booster Juice Player of the Game three times this season.
When asked about what makes Hardstaff such a special player Fusco said, "She brings a calmness and composure to our backline due to her experience but also her ability to play. Her name is still recognized by all of the coaches in the conference and they identified her as one of our top defenders."