Maple Ridge NCAA Football Player Brings His Talents to SFU – Maple Ridge News

The Maple Ridge college football star is bringing his NCAA talent closer to home.

Simon Fraser University announced a “massive contract signing” for Isabella Muzzolini.

A forward and linebacker, Mazzolini played for Canada at youth level and moves to SFU after a season with the NCAA Division I Georgia Bulldogs of the Southeastern Conference.

“Bella is a competitive player with great qualities on and off the ball,” said SFU Head Coach Annie Hamel. “Her movement to create space, range and creativity in the last third will help our team get on the scoresheet. Goals have been a problem in the last two seasons and we think Isabella is helping us a lot in creating scoring opportunities.”

Muzzolini played 18 games for Georgia in the 2021 season, starting with 13. She helped the Bulldogs finish the campaign with an 11-5-3 record. She now has three years left to play for SFU.

“Bella is a big signing for us,” Hamel said. “She is a well-known player in our community and a person with a lot of experience on the field. Getting her into SFU demonstrates that we have ambitious goals for the program and she is playing an important role in our reset process. I have no doubt that others will come because of her, that’s what she means for SFU women’s football.”

Mazzolini developed her game through the Canada Soccer Women’s Excel Program, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Women’s Elite Academy, and the Coquitlam Metro-Ford Football Club.

She played for Canada at the CONCACAF Girls Under 15 Championship in Bradenton, Florida where the team finished in fifth place. That same year, Muzzolini was selected to Canada’s wide squad for the Women’s Under-17 World Cup.

In 2019, Muzzolini attended three different camps for the Canada Under-17 team. However, the 2020 FIFA Women’s Under-17 World Cup was canceled due to COVID.

She joined Whitecaps FC’s women’s elite academy in 2017 after starring in Coquitlam Metro-Ford. Mazzolini was captain of the Whitecaps under-18 team for the 2020–21 season.

“I chose SFedU because I felt the university was the best environment for me to succeed both academically and on the football field,” said Muzzolini, a graduate of Burnaby Central High School.

“I really hope that I can continue my sports and academic career close to home. The team and staff were very welcoming and I am very happy to start my journey in SFU.”

Mazzolini made the honor roll and principal list every year in high school and eventually wants to become a lawyer.

Her season will start with exhibition matches in August. Muzzolini is playing for TSS Rovers of League1 BC this summer.

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