THREE-RIVERS — training senior AAA du Club de soccer de Trois-Rivières will be able to bet on a rookie experience this summer when the old defender of the national team and double olympic medallist, Marie-Eve Nault has joined the ranks.
Away from the field since his last game in the jersey of Canada – a friendly duel face Mexico on February 4, 2017 in Vancouver – the) is missing its studs.
On the initiative of her friends Andréanne Pellerin and Valérie Gauthier, she first left to be tempted by a team composed of players 30 years and older in the region who wish to participate in the canadian Championships at the end of the summer.
Then, question to find its bearings, Nault was then succumbed to the invitation of coaches Philippe Marchand and Durnick Jean. For training senior), it is obviously an addition, and strong and exciting.
Sunday, the CSTR has started its season with a 2-0 victory at Pierrefonds. “It is in addition really interesting. It not only has a check mark on the other, it is a player in a world apart! It has evolved to the international level, his game is at an incredible level. Its presence greatly facilitates the management of group, it can learn a lot from other players,” emphasises Merchant, who is in his first year at the helm of the team after two seasons as an assistant.
For its part, Nault was very excited to jump again on the ground to find faces she knows well. “I was a little bored of the competition. For our team project 30 years and more, and I had to find a way to touch the ball. It is therefore a good opportunity to go play with the CSTR. In addition, in the team, I found several of the girls that I coached with the Patriots… I’m getting younger!”, smiled the bronze medalist in London 2012 and Rio 2016.
“This is the teammate who will be on the field with them, not their coach. I don’t put no pressure… I’ll just try not to do on the ground what I tell them not to do this when I train them”, adds the one that will play mostly home games with the CSTR.
With the addition of Marie-Eve Nault behind, the head coach believes that his team can now compete with the best courses in Quebec. “It is a place in the Final Four of the end of the season. To get there, we must finish among the top two of our group in the season. Then, the winner of the Final Four will represent Quebec at the canadian Championship. It was an interesting group, I think that it is an objective honest,” says Merchant.
In addition to Nault, the CSTR in its alignment with the talented Audrey Lagarde, Marie-Laurence Ouellet, a mainstay since the beginning of the team four years ago, as well as a few players who have passed through the national Center for high-performance, Alexa Dallaire and Magali Gravel.
The CSTR will play its next two games on the road, Lévis (6 may) and Quebec city (may 13) prior to its local opening scheduled for may 20, at the Stage Diablos, against Saint-Léonard.