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Saints Soccer Alumna Earns Collegiate Honors

Saints Soccer Alumna Earns Collegiate Honors

She graduated from Canterbury as one of the most decorated Girls’ Varsity Soccer players in school history, and Joy Okonye ’23 continues to excel at the next level for Division I Brown University.

At the recent Ever True Awards for Brown Athletics, Joy was honored with the prestigious Kate Silver ’86 Award as the school’s outstanding first-year female varsity athlete. She also received the Arlene Gorton ’52 Rookie of the Year Award for Women’s Soccer and All-Ivy League Honorable Mention after leading the conference in assists as a freshman. The Bears finished the 2023 season at 12-3-2, earning a trip to the NCAA tournament.

As a senior captain at Canterbury, Joy was among 62 players nationwide selected to the 2022 High School Girls All-America Team. She also became the program’s all-time leading goal-scorer with 93 career goals. Her long list of high school honors included being named to the All-NEPSAC/All-Region team, becoming a NEPSAC All-Star, and being invited to play in the WWNEPSSA All League Game.

Congratulations, Joy, for these well-deserved honors. You continue to make us proud here on the hilltop!

Photo credit: Emma C. Marion