Feb. 6, 2013
OTTAWA, Ontario -- University of Michigan women's soccer head coach Greg Ryan and juniors Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) and Shelina Zadorsky (London, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) are two of 23 players scheduled to participate in an upcoming Canadian Women's National Team EXCELeration Camp, the Canadian Soccer Association announced on Wednesday (Feb. 6). The camp will run from Feb. 8-14 in Tampa, Fla.
The EXCELeration program has been put in place by the Canadian coaching staff to help bridge the gap from the U-20 level to the senior program. The camp will primarily feature players from the U-18 to U-23 levels. Ryan will serve as an assistant coach for the camp.
Zadorsky heads to the camp having come off a stint with the full Canadian Women's National Team at the Yongchuan Cup last month in China. She played in one match, earning a start on defense in Canada's 3-1 loss to Korea Republic.
Ezurike and Zadorsky have played international soccer with Canada since 2007, competing at the U-17 and U-20 levels. They represented Canada at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup last August in Japan, with Zadorsky serving as co-captain of the Canadian side.
Both Ezurike and Zadorsky were instrumental last season in helping Michigan reach the NCAA Sweet 16. They earned NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region honors (Ezurike on the second team, Zadorsky on the third team) and were both named first team All-Big Ten selections. Zadorsky started 19 matches last season, solidifying a backline that allowed only 17 goals in 24 matches. Ezurike was the one of the country's top strikers, setting career highs in goals (15) and points (33).
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423