UBC Okanagan Heat ink soccer duo
Not long after getting Sarah Coghlin to commit to playing for the Heat women’s soccer team next fall, coach Claire Paterson has now convinced Devon Frame to sign with the silver-medalists.
Frame, a Vancouver product from Moscrop Secondary, has had a successful high school career on the turf, and in the classroom.
The 5-foot-8 midfielder currently plays for the U18 Mountain United FC from North Vancouver, and the B.C. Premier Soccer League U17/U18 Division.
She was named the Most Versatile Player in 2011, was co-captain of the Mountain Super Y U14 and U15 squad in 2010, and was named the Impact and Inspirational Player in 2010.
“Devon is a strong player both technically and physically,” said Paterson. “She has great vision and determination which makes her a wonderful fit. I have had the chance to meet and see Devon play over a couple of our ID camps and she has never failed to impress.”
A consistent honour roll student, Frame is also active in the community, volunteering with North Shore Soccer Development and the Kidney Foundation. She has academic interests in public relations, and became a published poet in 2008.
“I decided to play for the Heat because they have a great coaching staff and an impressive record,” said Frame. “I like their style of play and believe that I could learn a lot from the team. I look forward to playing next season.”
Coghlin is a 5-foot-7 midfielder from Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School in Calgary.
She is an accomplished player with a long list of club and high school achievements. She won gold at the U16 Tier 1 provincial championships and then went on to win bronze at the club nationals, serving as captain for the squad. She followed that up with a silver medal at the U18 Tier 1 provincials a year later as an underage team.
“I was really impressed with her solid technical base, composure and vision,” said Paterson. “Sarah is an athletic player with good size who I believe will make a solid contribution to our team.”
Coghlin described her first encounter with UBC’s Okanagan campus as a love-at-first-sight situation, saying that she “immediately fell in love with the community feel within the campus.”
She added: “I have attended two ID camps and really enjoyed the coaching staff. Their style of coaching and sense of humour – I felt it would be a great fit for me. While playing alongside the Heat team they were friendly and welcoming.”
Coghlin intends to enroll into the human kinetics program in the fall. The Heat are graduating just two players: keeper Sabrina Gasparac and defender Liz Babcock.