A Penticton soccer player earned a nomination as a finalist for a major award from the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack.
Marisa Mendonca, an alum of the Penticton Pinnacles Football Club, was a finalist for this year’s Doctor Roger H. Barnsley Scholar-Athlete award. The award is based on both the student athlete’s in-game performance and academic achievements. To qualify for consideration, student-athletes have to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in the fall semester.
The eventual winner of the award was Kendra Finch (North Vancouver) a fourth year, outside hitter on the women’s volleyball team.
Mendonca is in her fourth year at TRU and plays on the WolfPack team as a midfielder. This year, she picked up two goals for the team, one in their 3-1 win over the University of Northern B.C., and the second was the only goal in a 4-1 loss against the Mount Royal University Cougars.
In her first season with the TRU WolfPack, she was on the field for 13 out of 14 games, ending the season with a shoulder injury during her last game.
Last fall, Mendonca was nominated for the Sports Task Force Award, based on outstanding performance on the field during the season. She finished 12th in league scoring and led the WolfPack playoff push with five goals in the last six games. That included two game-winners.
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