Spicer wins CIS title
SYDNEY - If there's a better feeling than winning a national championship, Katie Spicer has yet to experience it.
The 22-year-old Spencer's Island native culminated her five-year university soccer career on Sunday as her Cape Breton University Capers defeated York University from Toronto 2-1 to capture the 2007 CIS womens championship.
"It feels pretty darn good," said Spicer, who is one of three five-year veterans on the Capers, who had not one a game at the nationals before defeating the University of Ottawa on Thursday. "It took an incredible amount of heart and willpower."
Spicer, who starred at Advocate District High School before joining the Capers, helped set up the Capers' first goal in their 2-0 win Saturday over highly-touted University of British Columbia.
While happy for herself and the program, Spicer said she's thrilled for her fellow five-year veterans Cheryl Wall and Bobbi Hoffman.
"There was a lot of happiness and a lot of tears," she said. "At this level it's what every soccer player dreams of."
Entering the eight-team tournament, Spicer said the team just wanted to take it one game at a time. They knew they would be competitive, but didn't know how the bounces and the breaks would go.
When they jumped out in front of UBC on Saturday, Spicer said the reality of having a shot at a national title sunk in.
"Ottawa and UBC were both in the rankings all season. Once we knocked off both of them everyone realized anything was possible,' she said.