This summer, Simmrin Dhaliwal could be looking at her future when she attends the FIFA Women's World Cup Final at BC Place.
In 2014 she was named as the Vancouver Whitecaps Most Promising Girls Elite Player and was nominated for Canada Women's U-17 Player of the Year.
One of Dhaliwal's goals is to play for the women's senior team, and in July will be in the stands at BC Place for World Cup matches, to see the standard to which she will be holding herself.
The Whitecaps Girls Elite squad member had plenty of options of where she wanted to attend post-secondary school. Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Memphis, the University of Nebraska, Georgetown, Iowa, Kentucky and Oregon State were a few of the schools interested in signing Dhaliwal.But she wants to play National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 soccer with Northwestern University after signing her letter of intent on Wednesday (Feb. 4).
Northwestern's campus, located 22.5 kilometres north of Chicago, and her new coaches were some of the reasons why she chose to be a Wildcat.
"The campus is just perfect, not super big but not too small either," Dhaliwal said. "They had a nice coaching staff. They were really nice to me and really nice to their players. They had all of the right intentions for all of their players. I could see myself here for four years and really developing not just as a soccer player, but as a person too."
"I love it now. Fullbacks in the game now are starting to attack a lot more," said Dhaliwal. "It's really easy for me to transition from playing right attacking midfield to right back. You just have to be a little more aware of what's around you in the middle."