Rachel Lamarre Kicks up a storm

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Published Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Rachel Lamarre kicks up a storm

Fifth training camp for Canadian U-17 team

par Sylvain Lamarre
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Laval's Rachel Lamarre is on the threshold of living the dream of being selected to the Canadian National Women's U-17 Soccer Team. (Photo: Martin Alarie) 


Rachel Lamarre kicks up a storm

Fifth training camp for Canadian U-17 team

Laval soccer stalwart Rachel Lamarre last month took part in her fifth training camp for the national U-17 squad, held in Pennsylvania and Virginia.


The Sainte-Dorothee athlete was part of a contingent of six Quebecers invited to the camp. The two-day session was an important determinant for players to earn a spot on the national team. The camp was held in preparation for the CONCACAF world-qualifying tournament scheduled for Trinidad and Tobago July 17-26. Rachel will be participating in this international qualifying round to determine the CONCACAF representatives in the U-17 World Championships in New Zealand, October 30 to November 16.

Playing right wing, left wing, and striker, she was brilliant at the training camp held on American soil. A former star of the Laval Conquerants (AAA), Rachel was in Canada's starting line-up against Ohio State University and Penn State University, scoring two goals in a 4-2 win against Penn. "I played my best game against Penn State. Overall, I played well. I would have liked to have been a starter in all games, but team officials were following a rotation to give everyone playing and resting time. The games against the older American girls were very intense and very physical," she explains.

The 16-year-old also earned a point in a 2-2 draw against the University of Maryland. Against Ohio State, the result was a scoreless draw, but Canada did fall to the University of West Virginia 2-0.

"I loved my experience. I could have given more. I need to improve my head work and my centering. Fatique set in near the end of the camp, but I'm very happy with myself," confides the Vanier College student.

One thing is certain, young Lamarre impressed national U-17 head coach Bryan Rosenfeld at the camps, well enough for her to be selected to Team Canada. "I had my best camp in Toronto in March, playing against guys. I love to compete with the boys."

Even though the team is not yet finalized, Rachel likes her chances of earning a spot on the roster. "My chances are excellent. My goal is to win the CONCACAF and then take home a medal at the World Cup," she says with confidence. At the CONCACAF tournament, Canada's major obstacles will be The U.S. and Mexico.


A dream

Invitations to preparation camps for the selection of a national team to compete for the FIFA World Cup are rare, but this is the dream Rachel Lamarre is presently living.


Also on the roster of Team Quebec, Rachel will represent the province at the national U-17 championships in July in Longueuil. It will be at this national tournament that Team Canada officials will finalize the roster for CONCACAF and the World Cup.


Sponsors needed

Rachel Lamarre and the U-17 team are looking for sponsors, supporters and donors. "After years of intense work and incredible personal sacrifices, 20 young women are set to make the international soccer scene on behalf of their country. We're looking for donations. These additional funds will enhance the preparation we need by adding more games and more training camps. The added money will be spent for preparation, training and tournaments. Tax receipts from the Canadian Soccer Association will be issued on demand," concludes Rachel Lamarre who is counting on the generosity of the people of Laval. For information: www.u17coccer.com Of note, the CBC will soon be acknowledging the importance of U-17 Women's Soccer through a documentary it will telecast in the near future.

Photo: Rachel


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