RICHMOND, Va. – Off the field, senior Myriam Bouchard of the Virginia Commonwealth University women's soccer team is one of the nicest people you’ll ever come across.
That’s why it’s hard to believe it’s that same Bouchard who dons the #4 jersey and is as tenacious and aggressive as they come on the pitch.
“The thing that sticks out about Myriam the most is her work ethic and desire to become the best,” Co-Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak said. “She strives for excellence in everything she does and she’s willing to put the work in.”
Bouchard has been a mainstay as the center back for the Black & Gold for three-plus seasons, earning two All-CAA accolades and becoming widely known as one of the best defenders in the Colonial Athletic Association.
This weekend, the Rams will host Delaware and Drexel in pivotal CAA match-ups at VCU’s Sports Backers Stadium. The contests mark the final two home games of Bouchard’s illustrious career that has spanned four-plus years and over 70 games played.
It’s hard to really measure defensive statistics in soccer, but here’s a couple to think about when it comes to Bouchard’s tenure at VCU. In the 73 games that Bouchard has played in, opponents have been shut out 30 times and held to one goal or less 53 times, that’s 73 percent of her games played.
“Myriam’s been the leader of this defense since we got here,” Roberts Sahaydak said. “She always has the responsibility of marking the opponent’s best player and she always has success with it. Our back line has been the strength of this team for several years and she’s a big reason why.”
The Quebec City, Canada native came to Richmond in 2006 and helped the Rams post back-to-back 11 win season and make two runs in the CAA Tournament. She then decided to redshirt the 2008 campaign so that she could serve as the captain of Canada’s U-20 Women’s National team at the U-20 World Cup in Germany.
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In fact this past summer, Bouchard earned her first two international caps when she played for the Canadian National Team at the Cyprus Cup against another former Ram, Hayley Moorwood.
Needless to say, Bouchard has made quite an impact not only on the VCU women’s soccer program but on Canadian women’s soccer as a whole.
“As a coaching staff, it’s hard to put into words what Myriam has meant to us,” Roberts Sahaydak said. “It’s been a privilege to have the chance to coach her and we can’t wait to seewhat the future brings for her.”