DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
In searching for a university for which to play next season, Madisyn Furber didn't have to look far.
She was already on campus.
Furber, a keeper originally out of Garden City Collegiate, has committed to the Winnipeg Wesmen women's soccer program for the 2019 season.
She becomes the sixth officially announced recruit of head coach Amy Anderson's 2019 class, joining midfielders Emma Friesen of River East Collegiate and McKaely Snider of U of W Collegiate, midfielder/forward Tia Lecox of Ottawa, keeper Taryn Raabe of Dakota Collegiate, and midfielder Olivia Martin from Oak Park High School.
With her commitment, Furber has realized a goal she's had for years, not only to play post-secondary soccer but to do so at UWinnipeg, where she's already been enrolled in classes for the past year. Furber is enrolled in the Faculty of Education and will have five years of eligibility.
"I think it's really cool to play where I grew up, so I'm excited," Furber said. "I've always wanted to go to U of W and it's been my plan for a few years now, and playing for them is even better."
Furber took a year away from the game and focused on her studies. But while she was doing that, she came to the realization that there was a void.
"Coming out of high school, I wasn't really sure if I wanted to pursue anything as a sport, but I definitely had my options open," she said. "… But the reason I want to play soccer in my second year is because I feel like something was missing.
"I definitely missed being in a sport and being on a team. (The year off) made me miss it even more, which is why I'm really excited about it."
Furber participated in a Wesmen identification camp in February and once again caught the attention of Anderson, who had followed the player in her younger years playing club soccer for St. Charles. She was also on the 2014 provincial team, which Anderson coached.
"Madisyn has a great attitude, is working hard and we need depth at that position," Anderson said. "I was impressed with her attitude, she's been involved in everything. She's the kind of kid if you ask for something she's the first one in line. She's the kind of kid you want on your team.
Furber feels she's a natural leader, calling the shots from the back end, and said she's ready for an open competition for the starting keeper spot.
Anderson, of course, appreciates Furber embracing a competitive mentality.
"She wants to play, which is good," she said. "The goalies are going to compete against each other. She's there for the battle. That's the thing I like about her is you can throw her in and she's not going to be shying away from it. She has that goalie mentality."