UFV’s Klim to play in W-League this summer

Kayla Klim of the UFV women’s soccer team has earned a roster spot with the Dayton (Ohio) Dutch Lions of the W-League.

Kayla Klim of the University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team has earned a roster spot with the Dayton (Ohio) Dutch Lions of the W-League this summer.

Klim, a goalkeeper from Burnaby, made five regular season appearances with the Cascades during her rookie season in 2012, posting a 1-1-1 record, one shutout and a 0.60 goals against average.

The W-League is administered by the United Soccer League (USL) system, and provides a venue for college players to play alongside established pros while maintaining their collegiate eligibility.

“I am really excited for the experiences ahead of me this summer,” said Klim, a product of the Whitecaps girls elite program. “The opportunity is going to allow me to take a huge step out of my comfort zone and really push myself.”

Klim’s Dayton squad is in the Southeast Division and competes with the Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina Elite Cobras, Charlotte Lady Eagles and VSI Tampa Bay FC for the right to play for the W-League title in late July.

“I am very proud of Kayla, she is venturing out and challenging herself to take her game to the next level,” UFV women’s soccer coach Rob Giesbrecht said. “Kayla is an outstanding goalkeeper with a very bright future. I love that Kayla relentlessly pursues excellence in all she does, she is a joy to coach. She has been in very good form this spring and I’m confident she will do very well Dayton this summer.”