Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema has won a major Canada Soccer award.
The governing body for Canadian soccer announced the 2018 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year Wednesday afternoon.
Huitema was the female winner with Derek Cornelius recognized as the top male.
Fresh off helping Canada’s U-17 team to an all-time best performance (fourth place) at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Uruguay, Huitema is back home this week with a lot to be proud of. The teenager scored three goals in that tournament and 10 goals overall in 16 youth international matches this year. She won the Golden Boot award as top goal scorer at the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship last January.
It didn’t factor into winning the award, but Huitema also saw significant time with Canada’s senior national team, and didn’t look at all out of place.
“Jordyn has continued performing and adding to her repertoire as a striker throughout 2018,” said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, head coach of the national team. “Scoring goals has always been a part of Jordyn’s game, but she has shown continued improvements in numerous aspects of the game throughout 2018.
“It is going to be very interesting to follow her pathway, and the next steps in her development.”
See canadasoccer.com for more info.