Highlanders Announce Midfielders for Women’s Roster
The Victoria highlanders are pleased to announce our midfields for the upcoming League 1 BC season. Stephanie Badilla, Meagan Faulkner, Katie Kraeutner, Sophie Miranda, Sachi Swift, Kiana Swift, Kyra Teetzen. We believe that each of these players will bring a wealth of experience to the team and the Highlanders are fortunate to have these talented individuals available for the inaugural L1BC season.
“We are excited to have a wealth of experience and maturity both on our back line and in our midfield. All of these players are either graduated University athletes or current University players, which Is important to have in this league”, said Wes Barrett.
Steph has five years experience with University of Victoria Vikes, where she was named a Canada West Second Team All Star in 2017-2018.
“ I am most looking forward to competing at the highest level on the island with such a passionate and committed team. I’m very excited to see what we can do in league 1! ” Commented Steph, “ My personal objectives are to hopefully inspire young girls to pursue sport especially soccer. Hopefully they see that there are possibilities even on the island and that will motivate more girls to play this wonderful game!”
Megan last played for University of Victoria Vikes and is looking forward to the high level of competition this league offers. Megans aim is to improve as a player continuously and contribute to the success of the team as best she can.
The 5’7 midfielder from New Westminster was with Fotballget Fart in Norway back in 2019. Katie was 19 years old when she made her debut in the Canadian youth program in 2013 with coach Andrew Olivieri. She has also represented Canada at the Under-20 level, has won two conference championships at university level, and even won the Icelandic Cup.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to play at home again after so many years away!
I think it’s a really positive time in BC with the inaugural L1BC season on the horizon. I’m especially excited to be home for the summer and am looking forward to helping grow the game on the island as well as giving back to the community that gave me so much as a kid,” Commented Katie. “ For the 2022 season I just want to do everything I can to help the club reach its goals and have a positive influence in our community. I think it's really special when you can be just a small piece of something much bigger than yourself and hopefully we can make this a really special inaugural L1BC season for the club. ”
Sophie, a Victoria native, comes to the Highlanders after finishing her second year at the University of Queens where she plays for the womens soccer team. In her youth, Sophie was a two time BCSPL provincial champion with the Vancouver Island Wave.
Kiana Swift is another midfielder available for the L1BC season. Kiana currently plays for the UNBC Timberwolves, playing a pivotal role for their team. Her hard work, dedication, and talent has seen her earn the honours of UNBC Female Rookie of the year back in 2018 – 2019, and UNBC women’s soccer MVP this past season.
"I'm most looking forward to playing with my sister: Sachi Swift. It has been a long time since we've been on the same team and I'm beyond excited to be able to play with her again!", commented Swift. "I want to work hard on and off the pitch. I want to contribute to the development of this team in a positive way and make an impact on the field!".
Kyra was born in Vancouver, BC, and raised in Quesnel, BC. Kyra played five years with University of Victoria Vikes, excelling in her role as a playmaker for the team. She bring a wealth of experience, passions, and composure to the team and is sure to help the Highlanders play a strong possession game this season.