Roseville grad steps on the gas for Jessup women's soccer

Elli Tremblay and the Lady Warriors go for third conference title in a row
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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The sports information department at William Jessup University noted in a news release that its women’s soccer team is “driving” for a third consecutive California Pacific Conference championship this fall.

Who better to steer the machine then than Elli Tremblay?

That same news release describes Tremblay as the Lady Warriors’ “defensive enforcer.” The 2009 graduate of Roseville High School certainly is driven. She carries a 3.67 cumulative grade-point average, and a 4.0 GPA last school year earned her a Daktronics NAIA Scholar Athlete award.

Tremblay, a liberal studies major, is so driven to graduate in four years she’s been taking 18 units each semester. And, she has a job.

“Very busy,” Tremblay said on a hot, sunny day last week as the Lady Warriors gathered for practice at Mahany Park. “It’s definitely been a journey. Having God in this whole journey … I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my coaches and teammates.”

Tremblay plans to chase a Masters degree immediately after graduating from Jessup. She isn’t sure where, but her goal is to teach special education.

That is down the road, though. Of immediate business is this drive for a third consecutive CalPac title. Tremblay has played a big part in the last two championships. She’s a three-time All-CalPac selection, including first-team honors the last two seasons, and was named Jessup’s defensive MVP last fall.

“She’s just amazing,” Jamie Howard, now in her sixth year as Jessup’s head coach, said of her center back. “She has that high expectation of herself and her teammates. Pressure game, she’s as cool as a cucumber. ‘Let’s settle down, play our game.’ She anchors the defense.”

Howard also uses Tremblay on offense, moving her close to the goal on corner kicks. Tremblay has four goals, including headers off corner kicks, and two assists and has taken 30 shots in her career.

Howard recalled Tremblay following one ball with such momentum that she went through the back of the net.

“She was a forward when I recruited her,” Howard said. “If I had two of her, I’d use one up top and one in the back.”

Tremblay said she was able to learn under a senior-heavy roster during her freshman year at Jessup.

“Now, I’m able to train,” she said. “I’ve definitely matured. I’m able to take on more responsibilities.”

One responsibility is helping Jessup win another CalPac crown and a playoff berth. The Lady Warriors, voted No. 1 in one preseason conference poll, return eight starters from last season’s team that was 11-7 overall. The freshman class includes Granite Bay graduate Avery Hutchinson.

“It’s going to take a lot of trust, hard work, commitment,” Tremblay said. “There’s a lot more team bonding this year.”