Lydia Lavigne of Vernon has committed to play with the UNBC women’s soccer team for the 2018 season.

The six-foot-one defender feels the Timberwolves are the right fit for her jump to the Canada West season.

“I have worked really hard to get here. It’s a big commitment and I am so excited to be a part of this team.”

The 17-year-old Lavigne was named the Female Player of the Year for the Whitecaps/NOYSA Okanagan Soccer Academy this year, and has trained with Thompson Okanagan FC.

“She is going to be massive for our program moving forward. She is a fantastic player, and comes from a strong program where she is getting good information. Lydia wants to grow every single day, and that’s what we want. Within our program, that is our focus,” said Timberwolves coach Neil Sedgwick in a team release.

Lavigne will study Psychology at UNBC.