Delta midfielder named top player in the nation

Jenaya Robertson's record season earns her U Sports' top award

Jenaya Robertson has concluded her outstanding university soccer career with the biggest individual award of all.

The Delta midfielder and Trinity Western University standout has won the Chantal Navert Memorial Award as U SPORTS women’s soccer Player of the Year. Robertson was presented the award on Wednesday at the annual All-Canadian Gala — as part of the festivities at the national championships  in Victoria. 

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The fifth-year captain had a year to remember, setting TWU’s single-season goal-scoring record  with 14. She led the Spartans to one of its most successful seasons in history, as the team took first place in the Pacific Division with a 12-1-1 record – a mark that equaled TWU’s record for most points in a season with 37 (2011).

Individually, Robertson’s 14 goals led the conference by a five-goal margin, closing out the regular season on a six-game goal-scoring streak.  Her 19 total points tied her with teammate Rachel Hutchinson atop the Canada West and U SPORTS leaderboard.  

The Delview graduate, who studies business, becomes the third Spartan to win the award, joining Spartan alum Jessica King (2014) and former teammate Seina Kashima, who captured the award last season.

“What an incredible honour for a very special player and person in our program’s history. Jenaya is so deserving of this award not only because of her incredible season but because of how consistent she has been as a player and leader throughout her career,” said Trinity Western head coach Graham Roxburgh. 

“Her statistics this season only tells part of the story, as she is a relentless worker in midfield and does so many of the little things that go unnoticed. She has a drive and ambition to get better every time she steps on the field whether that is in training or in Canada West competition.  I am delighted for her to be recognized across the nation for the impact player that she has always been.”

The Spartans’ bid to be at nationals ended with an upset loss to UBC in Canada West play. 

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