Haylee Rogers will play with the Lakeland Rustlers soccer team next fall. (Nikita Ganovicheff, mylloydminsternow.com)
Haylee Rogers will see many familiar faces as she continues her football career.
Rogers signed with the Lakeland College women’s soccer team as a center-back or midfielder when she graduated from Holy Rosary High School that year. She says she has done a lot of sports since she was young and football was the one who got stuck as she enjoyed the pace of the game and ran across the field. Her commitment to the sport has led her to some unique experiences such as playing with the Lakeland team before the pandemic and traveling to different countries.
“I played in an international tournament in Spain that was so incredible. I played in Las Vegas once and I should be back but COVID happened. They were both amazing experiences and I was so excited to be a part of them. “
She says she received offers from schools in Brandon, Manitoba, the United States, and even an opportunity in England, but didn’t want to be too far from home when she decided on her next move.
“I chose Lakeland because it is close to my family and I didn’t want to move too quickly. I also like the financial one [aspects]I stay at home and I really like the campus too. “
Rogers is also never too far from the field as she helps younger Lloydminster football players train. She says it’s exciting to see the sport grow in popularity among young girls in the city. Holy Rosary Raiders soccer head coach Alison adds that interest in the sport has similarly increased.
“We had a lot of younger players last year so we’ll be sad to lose some of our star players like Haylee over the next few years, but we look forward to training and developing some new players and making a stronger one [soccer] Program here at the Holy Rosary. “
Bonsan congratulates Rogers on her signature and calls her a natural leader. Rogers will be participating in the University Transfer program in Lakeland and hopes to complete a medical program at another university in the future. She will also look at her soccer teams at this point.