The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team dominated from beginning to end as they downed thehometown Douglas College Royals 2-0 in PACWEST soccer action on Saturday (Oct 6).
The WolfPack, the fourth ranked team in the most recent Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association top 10 ratings are unbeaten in six straight matches. Their record is six wins, two ties and a loss. Douglas falls to two wins, two ties and five losses.
“We hit three cross bars in the first 22 and a half minutes,” said WolfPack head coach Tom Mcmanus referring to early chances by both Bronwyn Crawford (3rd year, midfield, Kamloops, BC) and Alanna Bekkering (4th year, Kamloops, BC) as the best chances.
Thompson Rivers got on the board in the 16 th minute. A free kick saw Kelsey Martin (1st year, forward, Kamloops, BC), touch the ball and leave it for Bekkering who blasted the ball into the net. It was Bekkering’s second goal of the season.
Emily Edmundson(3rd year, keeper, Kamloops, BC) started in the nets but was removed in the second half in favor of Jamie Wheeler (2nd year, keeper, Richmond, BC).
“I wanted to get as many girls as i could some playing time today,” McManus explained. “We are heading into the playoffs and as many of our players have playing time the more options it gives me.”
Teams are to cut their roster from 25 to 20 for the playoffs.
Others inserted into the TRU line up in the second half included Jaydene Radu (2nd year, forward, Calgary, AB), Abbey McAuley (5th year, midfield, Langley, BC), Madison Wells (2nd year, defender, Ladner, BC), Katie Sparrow (2nd year, forward, Kamloops, BC) and Sarah Gomes (2nd year, sweeper, Prince George, BC).
In the second half, the WolfPack got their second goal when Vanessa Zilke (2nd year, defender, Kelowna, BC) got the ball up to Taylor Miller (2nd year, forward, Kamloops, BC). She scored in the 78 th minute.
The WolfPack will play their final road game of the PACWEST regular season tomorrow (Sunday Oct 7) against the Kwantlen Polytechnic Eagles.
Last year in Surrey, the Eagles—who currently sit in third place in the league standings—handed TRU their only defeat of the season. The WolfPack went on a run which resulted in them winning the league title and finishing fourth in the nation.
“I will definately remind the girls of what happened last year,” said McManus. “Although where they sit in the standings and the fact we have so many returning players, memories will be long. They will come out and at us hard from the opening whistle.”
After the match, the WolfPack return home to host Quest and Langara next weekend (Oct 13 and 14).