Grace Tawil is a calming influence for the Club Roma Wolves.
The 19-year-old Jordan resident is the glue that holds the midfield together for the Wolves, who are playing their first season in the L1O Women’s Premier Division.
“Sometimes my role is to keep people calm when they need to be calm,” Tawil said. “Not stressing with the ball. Sometimes things get a little stressed so keeping calm with the ball and not giving it away and making sure you’re looking for someone else’s feet.”
Tawil feels that stability in the middle is crucial.
“I think it’s tough because there’s always six or seven people in the middle so you have to relax and not stress that there’s someone running at you,” she said. “Just learn to relax with the ball and trust yourself.”
Wolves lead assistant coach Lucio Ianiero appreciates Tawil’s contributions.
“Grace is a versatile player that can play in a variety of positions through the midfield and back line,” he said. “The reason she is adaptable is because she is a very cerebral player with a solid skill set. Any coach would love to have a player of her quality on the field.
“In addition to her skill set she is extremely coachable and possesses a growth mind set which allows her to further build on her already solid skills.”
Tawil played for Wolves technical director Davide Massafra before joining the Brock women’s soccer team two years ago.
“Grace has always been a very versatile player, playing as centre-back or centre-midfielder,” Massafra said. “She is very competitive, is an effective leader, and demonstrates impressive skills in challenging the ball offensively and defensively.”
Massafra feels Tawil has a high ceiling.
“I’m very proud of Grace. I really think she can improve even more, and I’m glad she is training with a such great coach like Lucio,” he said. “Grace is a great fit for our women’s team, and we are looking forward to a great season.”
The Wolves, who are 4-3 so far this season, take on Waterloo Friday at Club Roma at 8:45 p.m. in their home opener.
Tawil has loved her time with the Wolves.
“It’s been so much fun,” she said. “I think it’s the most exciting team I’ve ever played on, not even because we’re winning, but everyone is so close and got so close within a month.
“It’s been awesome. Even training, everyone is so excited to come.”
Tawil said the team chemistry was evident early on.
“The first few practices we were missing a few people so it was tough to see but our first game, the second we started playing, we moved the ball so fast. It clicked really fast, which doesn’t happen that often,” she said. “I think it took us awhile for us to learn how Looch wants us to play. We’ve been practising moving the ball really fast and not passing it when it’s not there. If it’s not there, then don’t do it.
“We’re playing on the ground and it’s been working really well.”
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