Emily Zurrer - 2012 North Cowichan-Duncan Sports Wall of Fame

Women's national soccer team star Emily Zurrer receives her North Cowichan-Duncan Sports Wall of Fame plaque from Bill Keserich.
— image credit: Don Bodger

An all-around gifted athlete in rugby, basketball, volleyball, karate and soccer during her school years, Crofton native Emily Zurrer emerged to represent Canada on the soccer world's biggest stages.

After graduating from Cowichan Secondary School and rounding out her playing career with the Cowichan Valley Soccer Association, the centre back joined the University of Illinois Fighting Illini in 2005.

During her tenure, Zurrer became one of the most decorated players in Fighting Illini history.

She was a three-time All-American, received three first-team all-tournament Big Ten honours, and was named Big Ten defensive player of the year.

Zurrer was also recognized for her volunteer work off the field while at the University of Illinois.

Her decorated national career started in 2003 when at the age of 15 she made her debut in the Canadian youth program and the following year competed at the 2004 Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football Women's Under 20 championship in Ottawa and was named the tournament MVP.

Zurrer's career has included playing in the 2004 (gold) and 2006 (silver) CONCACAF Women's Under 20 championships; the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup; the 2009 (gold), 2010 (gold), 2011 (silver) and 2012 (silver) Cyprus Women's Cup; 2010 CONCACAF championships (gold medal); 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup; and the 2008 and 2012 (bronze) Olympic Games.

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