Women's Soccer News

Briana De Souza to be honoured as a woman of influence

Briana De Souza Headshot

For the tenth year in a row, Ontario University Athletics (OUA) will recognize the top female scholar-athletes from across the province, including Carleton’s own Briana De Souza at a luncheon on Tuesday, May 7 in Gravenhurst, Ontario. The event honours female student-athletes who have excelled in their chosen sports and fields of study.

This year’s guest speaker will be Diana Matheson; a midfielder on Canada’s National Women’s soccer team hailing from Oakville, Ontario. She has represented Canada at the international level since 2003, and has earned 150 caps for her country, making her the second most capped player in Canadian soccer history.

Head Coach Alex McNutt is happy to see Briana recognized. “She has been a standout performer for the Ravens over her four years. With her athleticism, technical abilities and her character she has been one of the top players in the OUA – OUA 1st team all-star in her fourth year and was also an OUA all-star in her third year. Briana has also played at the international level representing Guyana as co-captain in CONCACAF competition,”

Briana volunteers her time on and off the soccer pitch. In her travels to Guyana for World Cup preparation and qualifying, she visited the St. John Bosco Boy’s Orphanage to donate toys and soccer balls to those less fortunate. Locally, she has been involved through service at the food bank, volunteering as a note taker for the Paul Menton Center, Carleton campus clean up and at the Boys and Girls club of Ottawa. She also assists many local soccer clubs with camps and practices working with youth to create opportunities for players to develop soccer skills, sportsmanship, and the values of athletic competition.

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