Women’s hockey gets a boost

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Hannah Cook, left, and Taylor Goodhue signing on to play for the Warriors.

With the recruitment season in full swing, Waterloo Warriors are wasting no time in getting the best athletes for their various sports programs.

This past week, the Warriors field hockey program announced the addition of Hannah Cook and Taylor Goodhue to their ranks.

Cook, someone who is a natural leader, as evidenced by her role in the Ontario West U18 Provincial team, is being brought in to strengthen the forward and midfield. Simultaneously, the experience she gained at Resurrection CSS and Cobras Field Hockey Club will prove to be invaluable for her when she dons the black and gold of the Warriors.

Coach Steph Snyder is quite excited about the prospect of Cook joining the team and said, “As a high-level goal scorer, Hannah was a top priority during the recruiting process over the past year. Her ability to manipulate situations within the attacking third to recruit goal scoring opportunities is going to greatly contribute to our offence. We expect Hannah to jump in and play big minutes in the forward line with the ability to take shifts in a central midfield position as well.”

Goodhue comes to the Warriors from Parkside CI – a team which is usually one of the underdogs at the tournaments. However, utilizing the talents of Goodhue in midfield the team surprised everyone at the OFSAA championship and won a silver medal in their maiden appearance. Goodhue, as a result of her accomplishments was named to the Ontario U18 Indoor Provincial team.

Head Coach Maria Leahy was full of praise for Goodhue and said, “Taylor is an all-around athlete having come to field hockey after many years of rep soccer. With the similarities in strategy, Taylor’s vision and play-making ability is far beyond her years of experience,”

With Cook and Goodhue set to join the team this Fall, it seems like the hard work of the recruitment team as well as the coaching staff is finally starting to bear fruit. Plus, the Warriors fans can look forward to the dazzling displays on the pitch, all thanks to the talent that is currently being accumulated for the new season.

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