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FC Edmonton REX trio graduate to NCAA Division I programs

Striker Delana Friesen, midfielder Myah Jalal and goalkeeper Breanna Truscott committed to their NCAA Division I futures together on Wednesday, February 7.
FC Edmonton | Feb 7, 2018

EDMONTON – FC Edmonton REX Program and Alberta Soccer Association products Delana Friesen, Myah Jalal and Breanna Truscott committed to their NCAA Division I futures together on Wednesday, February 7.

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All three players signed their letters of intent on National Signing Day for the upcoming varsity season to NCAA universities in the southern United States. Former Sherwood Park Phoenix youth players Friesen and Truscott sign with McNeese University and the University of Louisiana at Monroe while Jalal, formerly of the St. Albert Impact and Alberta Soccer provincial programs, joins the University of Memphis.

A partnership between FC Edmonton and Alberta Soccer funded by owners Tom and Dave Fath, FC Edmonton REX continues its legacy of developing youth talent in the Edmonton area for the collegiate and national level of women’s soccer. In 2016, the REX program graduated eight players to American and Canadian universities.

Striker Delana Friesen joins the McNeese University Cowgirls and head coach Drew Fitzgerald following a successful 12-win season and second-place finish last season in the Southland Conference – a first for the program since 2007.

“The REX Program has made all the difference in my journey playing soccer and my decision to join McNeese University, which I couldn’t be more excited about,” Friesen said. “My last two years here have been the most important to my development, allowing me to go down there with my confidence at an all-time high.”

Delana played youth soccer for Sherwood Park Phoenix where her father Dave Friesen, also a former varsity athlete with Western University in Ontario, serves on the Board of Directors as President in addition to his coaching duties.

“It’s been a dream come true for all of us in my family,” Delana added. “My mom and dad are my number-one fans, and it’s been an amazing experience.”

Joining her REX teammate in the state of Louisiana is goalkeeper Breanna Truscott, who signs for the University of Louisiana at Monroe Warhawks under head coach and former ‘keeper Keyton Wheelock. Truscott saw similarities in Wheelock to some of her favourite coaches including Sherwood Park Phoenix’s Terra Evans and former University of South Dakota goalkeeper Elisa Stamatakis.

“When I first joined the REX program three years ago I was the youngest,” Truscott said. “The goal of the program is to push players to the next level, so playing with older players helped me improve a lot faster and prepare me for this opportunity with [University of Louisiana-Monroe]. “

St. Albert Impact product Myah Jalal showcased for Alberta Soccer at the U-12, U-13 and U-14 levels before spending four years with the REX program and committing to the University of Memphis Tigers. The program, under tenured head coach Brooks Monaghan, lost 3-0 in the semifinals of last season's American Athletic Conference Championship against top-ranked University of Central Florida Knights.

“I went down there in February of last year and I was able to spend some time with the girls, who gave me some insight into what the experience’s like and what to expect,” Jalal commented of her campus visit earlier in February of 2017. “Half of my teammates are Canadian, so I’m hoping I can get some exposure to the national program with Memphis as well by showing what I can accomplish at the NCAA level.”

The Tigers also hold the accolade of being one of the top NCAA Division I programs when it comes to academics after posting the highest grade point average in all of Division I Soccer during the 2015-16 academic year. Jalal plans to study Psychology at the University of Memphis for a future career in mental health.

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