Player - Geri Donnelly

Geri DonnellyGeri Donnelly made her international debut at 21 yearsold for Canada against the United States in 1986 in Blaine, Minn. and scored twice in Canada's 2-1 win; the first goals ever scored by Canada's women's national team. She went on to score three times against the USSR in 1990, and against Jamaica in 1994. At the 1995 FIFA World Cup in Sweden, Donnelly scored twice, once against England and once against Nigeria. She got another goal in 1999 against Australia and also played in the 1999 FIFA World Cup in the United States. Donnelly began playing when women's soccer and the national team were in their infancy. She began her club career with Vancouver Angels in the Women's Premier Soccer League and remained with the club when they moved to the W-League and were amalgamated with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Over the course of her playing career she played for Coquitlam Strikers when they won the national championship in 1990 and 1994 and again with Surrey United when they won in 2006. She ended her playing career in 2009 after guiding Surrey United to six consecutive provincial titles. Geri Donnelly was the Women's Player of the Year in 1996 and 1999 and named to Canada's all-time women's team in 2012.