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MONDAY, MAY 16 2011

After allowing the fewest goals in the OUA last season, the uOttawa Gee-Gees women’s soccer team won’t be making scoring against them any easier. Head coach Steve Johnson is proud to announce the signing of national team goaltender Cynthia Leblanc who will backstop the Gee-Gees next season.

Leblanc comes to the Gee-Gees after having represented Canada on 20 separate occasions as the national team’s starting goaltender. The 20-year-old from Granby, Qué., won a bronze medal at the 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship in Trinidad and Tobago, helped Canada reach the quarter-final at the 2008 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, and backstopped Canada to a 3-2 record at the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship in Guatemala.

She also won a gold medal while representing her home province of Québec at the 2007 BMO National Championships Under-16 All-Star Selects.

“For sure I’m very happy, and coach Johnson made it very easy for me,” said Leblanc. “I looked into studying at an American school, which was something pretty big for me. But the University of Ottawa really impressed me, and so I’m very happy and grateful for the opportunity.”

Cynthia is also excited to be able to study in both official languages: “I’ve always wanted to improve my English, and so I found it very interesting that I can do both at the University of Ottawa.”

Although she already has considerable international experience, Leblanc is looking forward to the challenge of CIS soccer and bringing home a national championship. “It’s another great challenge for me,” she explained. “Earning my spot on the team, and training hard will be very important. I think I can use my experience to help support the team and eventually win a national championship.”

Johnson is very pleased to welcome a new player with proven success. “We are really pleased to welcome a player of Cynthia's experience and profile to the Gee-Gees program. She is a quality person, student and athlete with a fantastic resume of success,” said Johnson.

“Her experience at the international level, plus her time at the Quebec National Training Centre have provided her with a great background in training and tactics. She is an excellent shot stopper and a very good distributor of the ball,” he added.

Looks like a very good pickup for Johnson and the Gee-Gees.


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