Montana Leonard of the Calgary Dinos named finalist for Canada West award

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Calgary Dinos soccer star Montana Leonard has had a historic season in Canada West.

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That’s why she’s a finalist for the conference’s Female Athlete of the Year award.

Despite a shortened schedule, the fifth-year midfielder broke the conference record for goals with 17. Montana’s offensive dominance was also on display with its league-leading 19 points and 38 shots on goal. The Richmond, BC product was the best in the country for those same brands.

Leonard shone in the big moments, leading Canada West in game-winning goals as she led her Dinos to a 9-2-1 regular season record.

She capped off her season by winning two prestigious awards: Canada West Soccer Player of the Year and U SPORTS Soccer Player of the Year. On the national stage, she was also a Canadian academic star.

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Despite having one of his seasons shortened, Leonard ranks seventh all-time in CW career goals with 36 and has twice earned All-Canadian academic honors in his career.

Leonard will face talented soccer teammate Samantha Gouveia of MacEwan and field hockey star Anna Mollenhaue of Victoria.

On the men’s side, headliners from the worlds of basketball, hockey and volleyball face off. Alberta’s Tyus Jefferson (back), Mount Royal’s Nolan Yaremko (forward) and Trinity Western’s Derek Epp (setter) are the top three to get votes.

Canada West’s Athletes of the Year, chosen by the 17-member conference, will be announced Monday, May 2 at 11 a.m. The CW winners will then be nominated for national awards.

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