Family members and friends of Ashley Schlag, a 17-year-old girl who was killed in a highway crash near Dugald, Man., in August, are remembering her with a soccer scholarship being created in her name.


Ashley Schlag, 17, was an avid soccer player who wanted to represent Canada in international competitions, according to her family and friends. (Family photo/Rygiel Photography)

Schlag, who was from Oakbank, Man., died in the Aug. 28 crash along Highway 206 south of Dugald, after she lost control of the pickup truck she was driving.

The vehicle crashed into a hydro pole on the side of the highway. The crash killed Schlag and injured her best friend, who was a passenger in the truck.

Her parents, Nicole and Graeme Schlag, told CBC News that Ashley was an avid soccer player who competed at the provincial level and aspired to represent Canada in international tournaments.

Students at Springfield Collegiate dedicated their annual talent show on Wednesday evening to Schlag, who went to school there.

Funds raised at the talent show are going towards a scholarship, being created by Schlag's family, that aims to award $1,000 annually to two girls who want to play soccer.

Nicole Schlag says it's what her daughter would have wanted.

"She's done soccer since the age of eight. Her focus was soccer soccer soccer," she said.

Schlag is overwhelmed with the support from the school and entire community, which has also helped the family in its healing process.

"Our days are better, our nights are all well, you know, you sit around and cry right? And you wait for her to walk in that door," she said.

Students have also been selling bracelets that read "In memory of Ashley Schlag," with proceeds going towards the scholarship fund.

Also on Wednesday evening, friends and family members set up a memorial on the side of Highway 206, near the crash site, to mark the three-month anniversary of Schlag's death.