Etobicoke native Cathryn Rogers just ended her U.S. college soccer career widely lauded as a game-winner.
The senior mid-fielder scored seven goals, cracked Ohio University’s Top 10 scoring list, and was named Second Team All-Conference.
“I came in freshman year and got to play right away. I had four great years,” Rogers said. “It was hard work and some luck. It’s nice to be acknowledged for the hard work you put in. But I wouldn’t get it without a great team and a great coach.”
Rogers, 21, also scored four assists and 18 points in her senior season with the Ohio University Women’s soccer team, starting all 19 games and playing 1,346 minutes on the field.
The scoring senior is known as “clutch Cat” for her game-winning goals in the heat of competition. Recently, she ended her career with 13 goals – tying for ninth place in Ohio University history.
Nine of those 13 goals were game winners.
“I like it. I think I always do better under pressure,” Rogers said.
Twice this season, the Mid-American Conference in which the the team, nicknamed the Bobcats, play named Rogers Offensive Player of the Week.
Her most recent naming occurred earlier this month after she scored both the Bobcats’ goals in an important weekend of conference matches.
Earlier this month, Rogers also picked up Ohio’s first All-Conference nod since the 2010 season.
Rogers’ success proved to be Ohio’s success, as the Bobcats posted a 9-3 record this season during the 12 matches in which Rogers’ recorded a goal.
Rogers’ coach Stacy Strauss credited her rare marriage of strength and skill with both her success and that of her team this season.
“This year in particular, Cat carried a lot of the burden for our team’s offense and raised her own expectations,” Strauss said. “She’s a much better communicator. She’s the quarterback on the field. Overall, it’s her strength, combined with being very skilled and knowledgeable (that results in her success). It’s rare to see both qualities in a divisional college-level player. Her background in playing hockey helps. She just flies through the tackles.”
While the Bobcats are now out of competition play, they won six games in a row this season for the first time in more than eight years, Strauss said.
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America honoured Ohio U’s women’s soccer team with the Team Academic Award for its players’ GPA (Grade Point Average) of 3.43.
Rogers is studying sociology and criminology. She hasn’t yet determined her post-college studies.
But she is keen to continue to play soccer abroad, perhaps in Europe, she said. Friends play soccer in Switzerland and in Scotland.
“The opportunities for women’s soccer in the U.S. and in Canada is limited,” Rogers said. “I used to play for the Jamaica national team in my last year of high school and first year of college. It was so awesome.”