CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – A veteran of Prince Edward Island provincial soccer teams has committed to the UPEI Panthers.
Maddie Hurley, an 18-year-old Charlottetown resident, has competed on five provincial teams and was named the 2016 P.E.I. Soccer Association junior female player of the year.
“I am delighted to be going to UPEI, and I am looking forward to competing at the university level and playing with such a talented group of girls in the upcoming soccer season,” said Hurley.
She was four-years-old when she began her soccer career. She represented P.E.I. at the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg and competed three times at the national club championships as a member of the Winsloe-Charlottetown Royals F.C.
As a member of the Charlottetown Rural High School Raiders, Hurley won three Prince Edward Island School Athletic Association senior AAA titles and was twice named an all-star.
Joining the Panthers will reunite Hurley with head coach Graeme McDonald, who was the bench boss for the Canada Games squad.
“I’m very excited that Maddie is joining our program,” said MacDonald. “She is a strong, quick, intelligent striker with an eye for the goal. Her all-round game is excellent. It’s great news to have signed one of P.E.I.’s most talented players, and we look forward to seeing her wear the Panther jersey.”
The Panthers (4-7-1) finished eighth in the 10-team Atlantic University Sport conference in 2017. UPEI hasn't been to the playoffs since 2014.
Hurley will study business.