RRC’s Colatruglio Named Athlete of the Week
Red River College’s Domonique Colatruglio earned the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) female Athlete of the Week for her week five performance in women’s soccer.
“It felt good to win Athlete of the Week. Our team didn’t do the best this year, but we came around with one win in the bronze medal game,” said Colatruglio.
Despite the team placing last in the league, Colatruglio provided a huge boost for them, especially in the MCAC Women’s Soccer Championships. With only a one-goal lead in the final minutes of the bronze medal match, Colatruglio scored the last goal in a 3-1 victory against CMU.
Red River’s women’s soccer coach, Doug Lawrie, was happy with Colatruglio’s performance on the field.
“She’s deserving of the selection, that’s for sure. She is an excellent midfielder and playmaker who manages the ball real well. She benefitted the other players by showing them the high level of play in which they should strive in themselves to achieve,” he said.
Colatruglio has experience with competitive soccer, something that many of the women on the Rebels soccer team don’t have yet. She played with the Regional Training Centre and on the Manitoba provincial team. Her experience with competitive soccer helped her score half of the team’s goals this season.
“I hope I helped out the team. We all came here with different experience, but we brought it during the games and did our best,” said Colatruglio.
Colatruglio, who is studying Early Childhood Education, will not be playing for the Rebels next year.
“I play for fun now,” she said. “I’m going to university next year but not planning on playing on the team.”
Coach Lawrie is still excited for next year’s season, despite Colatruglio not returning.
“I’m very pleased with Dominique’s participation in the program this year. She’s an extremely talented soccer player. The most experienced player we had on the roster,” he said.
He hopes to attract more players to the team in order to improve next season.
“Just having the program up and running means that students are aware it exists. Where as last year there were no announcements on campus. Hopefully with more marketing we’ll attract some more players,” he said.