Goalkeeper Sami Jo Bell Joins Varsity Reds Soccer Program

Goalkeeper Sami Jo Bell Joins Varsity Reds Soccer Program

UNB Varsity Reds Women's Soccer Program is pleased to announce the addition of goalkeeper Sami Jo Bell to the 2014-2015 Varsity Reds.

Bell will be studying in the Faculty of Arts, continuing to work on a Psychology Major which she started at St. Mary's while competing for the Halifax based Huskies for two seasons.

 Over the two seasons with the Huskies, Bell had a 10-5-3 record with eight shut-outs leading the Huskies to two play-off appearances and a second place finish in league play in 2011. Bell conceded only fourteen goals in those eighteen appearances.   In addition to her strong play at the CIS Level, Bell has also found success at the club level in Nova Scotia while competing for Suburban Football Club where they were the Nova Scotia Jubilee Cup Winners in 2012 and lost in the final 1-0 in 2013.  Current Varsity Reds Emily Sarty and Courtney Strba were also members of that team.
 
Bell is excited to arrive on campus in August.  She says that her visit to Fredericton and the direction of the women's soccer program were two main factors on her decision to join the Varsity Reds. "I chose to go to UNB because when I saw the campus and met the girls I instantly fell in love with everything. I loved everything that I experienced and knew it was a great fit from the start."

"There are several things I'm looking forward to most about being a Varsity Red. I'm excited to be part of a program that continues to grow and achieve more and more and I have very high athletic aspirations for the next couple of years. I'd love to contribute to taking this team to the AUS playoff finals and winning, and eventually making an appearance at the CIS tournament," she continued.
 Coach Crossland is very pleased with the addition of Bell, noting her experience, competitiveness and confidence as factors that he believes will be beneficial to his team.
 

"When you have the opportunity to add a player that has had success both individually and team-wise at high levels, it is something you get very excited about," said Crossland. 

 "The first things that you hear about Sami are how competitive and confident she is and it showed in her visit to UNB.  She stepped in as though she had been around our group for years and raised the standard.  Sami loves to compete, has high standards and expectations for herself and those around her. She has had success in the past because of it.   We're looking for players that continue to bring pride and passion to our program and I believe the Sami adds more of that to our group."
 

The Varsity Reds wrap up their 2013-14 season with a trip to Orono, Maine to face the NCAA Division 1 University of Maine Black Bears on April 12-13.