Rising to the challenge of a higher level has been no problem for Tiara Wakelyn-Enger.
The Cowichan Valley Soccer Association team she plays for started in U18 Silver, but has since moved up to U18 Gold and Wakelyn-Enger is still below her normal age group as a 16-year-old Grade 11 Frances Kelsey Secondary School student.
“All the girls on the team all go to my school except for one so we’re all pretty close,’’ said Wakelyn-Enger.
Coach Nigel Large counts on her mainly for offense, but her other attributes on and off the field are significant.
“Tiara was one of the players that we brought up from the U17 team so she’s playing a year up,’’ Large said.
“She was brought up as a leader within her group to develop and she’s stepped right up to the plate. As far as training and attitude, it’s 110 per cent — a great player to have, coachable.’’
This is Wakelyn-Enger’s eighth season in soccer.
She’s also been a field hockey player since the grasshopper early development stage.
But soccer’s the main game right now and she enjoys the higher level of competition.
“It’s better because now we can do smarter passing and stuff,’’ she said.