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Blazers Women's Soccer Add Positive Force to its 2024/25 Roster

Blazers Women's Soccer Add Positive Force to its 2024/25 Roster

The CMU Women's Soccer program is very pleased to announce the commitment of Victoria Marucci for the 2024/25 MCAC season. The local Oak Park and St Charles Force product will bring plenty of versatility and enthusiasm to the Blazers' lineup this fall.

Playing with the Raiders at nearby Oak Park High School, Victoria recently closed out the team's WYSA high school girls indoor season, where the team played in the top Premiership division. Oak Park has been a goldmine of top talent for the Blazers in recent years, including of course, Victoria's older sister Juliana, who featured on CMU's 2022*23 women's soccer squad, as well as rookie standout Louisa Ibarra Morton from this year's team.

Marucci started her club play with St Charles with her U11 season, and has stayed with The Force during her entire club career, creating plenty of memories and new friends that have stuck together throughout the years. The captain of the team for the past two seasons, Marucci generally slots into the centre defensive midfield position during games, but possesses a wide skillset that has allowed her to play nearly every position on the field willingly when called upon. She has helped power her team to the finals in the Fargo club tournament in back-to-back years, as well as a berth in the semi-finals of the MSA Cup last summer. Her enthusiasm and work ethic don't often go unnoticed, as she had been called up two age groups within the St Charles system on multiple occasions earlier in her career to play alongside sister Juliana. It's no surprise that Victoria has a history in club cheerleading, as she helps keep the positivity flowing on and off the pitch.

Newly minted Blazers head coach Jason Moist is thrilled about the first addition to next year's squad noting "having coached against Vicki for years I know the level of work she puts in every game. Her work ethic, commitment, and ability to play more than one position and positive attitude will make her a great signing for CMU." Marucci will be a big asset for the team as they plan to begin outdoor sessions in the summer leading up to the start of the MCAC season in early September.

Now heading into her post-secondary soccer career, Marucci is pumped to connect with new teammates and create more memories and a new family here at CMU. Since seeing her sister sign with the program two years ago, Marucci has been connected to the Blazers for some time, through team scrimmages with St Charles over the past few summers and open practices this year. Excited to get to work under new head coach Jason Moist, Marucci was brought into the CMU fold by previous co-head coaches Cara Isaak and Lianna Bestvater, who will continue to be involved with the team alongside Lydia Balsillie and Allison Kolly in an all-star coaching team.

Blazers Women's Soccer last hoisted the provincial trophy in the fall of 2018, and will look to take another step towards capturing another title this coming season. The winner of the Manitoba Collegiate Athletics Conference earns the right to represent the province at the Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association (CCAA) National Championships at the conclusion of the outdoor season, which the Blazers look to accomplish now entering the fourth year that the MCAC has been fully included in the Canada-wide conference.

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