Sarah Stratigakis Q&A with Aurora FC

Sarah Stratigakis gives exclusive interview to Aurora FC nearing the end of her League 1 Ontario season.

1)How has your League 1 Ontario experience been so far?

It has been a great opportunity to participate in League One and being part of the newly established Aurora team.  I want to thank coaches Jim Brennan, Ramin Mohammadi, Marco Ciampa, all staff and my teammates for the their constant support and commitment. 

League One has provided me with weekly competitive games. A good aspect of these games is the 5 player substitution rule which is closer to the international style of play. I also appreciate that the games are videoed and streamed lined as I use them to analyze my game.  

2) With all the experience you have gathered so far, what can you say about the level of Women's soccer in Canada and compared to other countries you have seen play and played against.

I have had the honour to represent Canada at various age groups (U15’s to U23’s) and have played against many countries. Canada has made great strides in player development. In my experience Canadian talent is at par and we are more then capable to compete against tier one opposition. 

3) How do you feel about soccer in Aurora and York Region compared to other parts of Canada? What things stick out to you more, and what things do you think need to be improved on.

York Region, specifically Aurora, has a strong growing community with lots of participation in their soccer program. Parents and club's should encourage and provide incentives for the younger players to come out and support the League One Women’s Team. I remember going to games and watching players like Ashley Lawrence, Kadeisha Buchanan, and Rebecca Quinn on their youth club teams which inspired me to train hard and put me on the current path I am on today.

4) What are your biggest challenges playing on the national team from such a young age?

My biggest challenge is balancing my school work and soccer; both require a huge time commitment to achieve a certain level of success. Playing on the National Team requires  a lot of travel and time away from home and school, which means that I have had to develop excellent time management skills and be extremely resourceful.

5) What are your hopes for the future? Where do you want to be in five years?

My goals for the future are to win a National Championship with Michigan University, win a Women’s World Cup, and to play for the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team. In five years I will have graduated from Michigan University, and have started on my career.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 September 2019 12:08