While the strength of Sudbury and
area female soccer is surely helping the Women’s program at Cambrian
College, it is the only Northern Ontario producer of top-end talent.
Sault Ste Marie native Andrea Guzzo is one of a handful of Sooites
looking to bring the Golden Shield soccer success at the collegiate
The eldest of two girls in the family, Guzzo recalls her heavy
involvement in the sport that is near and dear to the heart of many in
Sault Ste Marie. “I think I’ve played since I was in mini-soccer…as I
kept playing, I learned more about the game. I don’t remember a time
when I was ever not playing soccer”, she says.
By the time she reached the U-11 division, Guzzo had earned a spot on
the Soo Civics competitive team, patrolling the field as a defender for
her team. Ironically, it was in this, her second year with the Cambrian
crew, that she first made the move to midfielder, a change that she
admits she’s enjoyed to this point.
“When I go to practices now, it’s something totally different”, she
notes. After taking to the pitch through her teenage and high-school
years, it wasn’t an absolute given that Guzzo would pursue her love of
the sport at a post-secondary level.
“Soccer seemed more as a fun thing to do, to keep me involved in sports
and get a chance to meet people at the college”, she admits. Even at the
secondary school level, Guzzo says soccer was not approached the same as
when she took to the field with the Civics.
“I played with St Basil’s when the Sault first introduced a high-school
league. I’ll never forget the first game – it was in the fall, it was
freezing and we were all wearing hats and gloves”, she laughs.
In fact, the well-spoken 18 year-old Medical Radiation student points
out that it was badminton that provided her with more success while at
St Basil’s as she earned a trip to NOSSA, competing at Lasalle
As for the elusive OCAA post-season berth that Guzzo and her teammates
cherish, the Provincial Female Athlete of the Week from early September
notes that it will be difficult with the turnover that occurs to the
lineup each year.
“It would be nice to have a whole team back. We want to go out and play
our best but it’s tough with usually only 6 or 7 players returning…but I
want to keep my head up this year and not get discouraged,” she said. So
far, so good it seems as Cambrian heads into the final week with a
record of 2-2-2.
“Soccer seemed more as a fun thing to do, to keep me involved in
sports and get a chance to meet people at the college”