Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Graduating senior Julika Phommarath has won the most noteworthy individual award of her memorable college career, being recognized with one of the most important honours in Christian athletics in Canada and the United States.
On Thursday evening, at the National Christian College Athletic Association National Championship Banquet in Greenville SC, the Providence striker accepted the Division II Women’s Soccer Game Plan 4 Life Award, which acknowledges excellence on the field and exceptional service off it.
“Julika wasn’t chosen for this award only because of her athletic and academic ability, but more importantly because of her Christian character,” remarked head coach Tory Walker, also in Greenville along with the Pilots women for the National Championship. “God has blessed her with life experiences that have given her opportunities to share her testimony and her faith with others. She is always wanting and willing to share about what God has done in her life.”
In addition to being a leader on her Providence team, Phommarath has also dedicated significant time to her community, whether volunteering at MCC in St-Pierre-Jolys or coaching youth soccer in her hometown of Steinbach. She previously served on a short-term mission in Ecuador.
A former Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player, she has also dominated the college game since joining the Pilots in 2013. That same year she was selected to the NCCAA All-Region Team—a feat she repeated in 2014, 2016 and 2017. In 2013 and 2014 she was named a 2nd Team All-American, and in 2014 she was named NCCAA Offensive Player of the National Championship.
Her importance to her team was underlined this season, as she was injured to begin the campaign.
“We started the season 0-3 with Julika unable to play,” explains Walker. “Her return to the field boosted the team’s confidence, and she scored 13 goals and added 7 assists in just 12 games. It is her leadership, character and resiliency that led the Pilots to winning the NCCAA North Region Championship this year.”
Phommarath and her teammates will face Grace Bible College in Greenville on Friday, but win or lose the Pilots captain has already demonstrated that being a difference-maker is about a lot more than scoring goals.
“Julika is an incredible soccer player and an amazing Christian women,” says Walker. “Her heart for God and soccer shows on and off the field wherever she goes. She is a joy to coach and an awesome teammate.