TORONTO — It is no secret that the Ryerson Rams women's soccer team hopes to raise the bar in this upcoming season. They took another step towards that goal with the addition of Joycelynn Brar to the 2017-18 recruiting class.
Currently a member of the Woodbridge Strikers of the Ontario Youth Soccer League (OYSL), the Mississauga, Ont. native is the latest in a long list of rising forwards to join this Ryerson roster.
Brar has been in the top three in goals scored in the OYSL through her previous three seasons, and has made the OYSL final in each of the last three campaigns, winning in 2014 and 2015 with the Erin Mills Eagles, also of the OYSL. Brar has also taken home a provincial championship with her high school—St. Marcellinus Secondary—at the OFSAA 'AAAA' Championship in 2015.
Brar describes herself as an athlete that is "always hungry for improvement." She also says of herself, "I continue to motivate myself to work on the things that I might not be best at.”
"Joycelynn has great foot skill and a unique creativity on the ball that is hard to find," commented Tina Cook, Rams Assistant Coach. "Her creativity coupled with her shooting ability will help us produce scoring threats on the offensive end."
For Joycelynn, signing with the Rams is the highlight of her athletic career so far. "I set forth this goal at age seven," she says. "I [have] always wanted a soccer scholarship, and I finally did it. I worked hard to get to where I am today."
An honour roll student at St. Marcellinus, Brar will be enrolled in the Criminology program beginning in September.
“I chose Ryerson because I knew that I would fit in," concluded Brar. "These girls are a tight knit group, and all I wanted was to be a part of the “Ramily.”
Katie Joyce — Midfield
Vanessa Juras — Forward/Wing
Brooklyn Kostiuk — Striker/Wing
Joycelynn Brar — Forward/Striker