TORONTO — After three consecutive forward recruits, the Ryerson Rams announce the addition of fullback Katelin Phills of Pickering, Ont. and the Richmond Hill Raiders (OWSL).
A true competitor, Phills will bring a fiery intensity to the Rams backline.
"If there's one thing you need to know about me, it's that I absolute hate losing. I am someone who has a very competitive driven attitude when it comes to playing any type of game," described Phills. "When I'm on the pitch I speak a lot and give a lot of direction to my teammates, and I also try to be a positive figure while playing."
An area that the Rams have had their fair share of struggles with in the past, is keeping the ball out of the net, conceding 38 goals last season. Rams Associate Coach, Tina Cook believes that Katelin will help to improve that area of their game.
"Katelin is a competitor on the field and brings great positive energy off the field," Cook said. "She is a strong defender who will help secure our back line."
Never one to shy away from a challenge, Phills has been pushing herself in her soccer career since she was 14 years old. She has played two age categories over the past four seasons, including a stint with Glen Shields Futbol Club (OYSL) winning team MVP in 2014, and Durham United Football Alliance (DUFA) in League1 last season. Her play was impressive enough that she had the opportunity to train with John Herdman, the coach of the Canadian women's national team.
A former honour roll student at Pickering High School, Phills will be enrolled in the Financial Mathematics program beginning in September."I chose Ryerson because I have always dreamt of playing post-secondary soccer and once I met the coaching staff and the team I felt like Ryerson was home," Phills said. "I could not be more excited to start the next chapter of my life as a Ram!"
Katie Joyce — Midfield
Vanessa Juras — Forward/Wing
Brooklyn Kostiuk — Striker/Wing
Joycelynn Brar — Forward/Striker
Katelin Phills — Defender