Posted on: September 30, 2013
Tom McManus is the two time PACWEST Coach of the Year and coach of the WolfPack women’s soccer team
The WolfPack Womens Soccer team had a trip to the lower mainland and the Nanaimo. We arrived in the lower mainland and the rain was coming down, knowing that the week before Capilano had to cancel their games due to field conditions we were worried that the game could once again be cancelled. I had contacted the Capilano coach last Monday, then again on Wednesday and again on Thursday to ask what was going to happen. They felt the field would be okay. We arrived and they were mopping up areas of the field where the water was sitting but really the entire pitch was very poor. The officials decided the game would be played and they have the final say on whether a game is played or not. We started the game in the rain but played our game of possession. It was very impressive. We took a 1-0 lead through Courtney Daly in the 30th minute. It was nice for her to get the monkey off of her back. Four minutes later, Megan Baird scored her first goal in her collegiate career. She is a recruit who has started every game this year as a central defender but moves up for set plays and scored on a great strike to the far post. Half time came and we were up 2-0.
The second half started and we kicked off with Courtney Daly taking the ball the length of the field and putting it away for her second goal of the game, this was in the 46th minute of the game. We lost a bit of focus and Capilano took advantage scoring in the 48th and then the 62nd minute to get the game close.
Kelsey Martin then took control of a ball in the 78th minute and deposited it in to give us a 4-2 lead. In the 87th minute Jaydene Radu hit a shot which was stopped by the goalkeeper but the rebound came straight to Katie Sparrow who finished it in the back of the net to give us the 5-2 final score. A very good game by everyone. Alanna Bekkering had two clear cut breakaways in the second half but the ball was stopped by the puddles so she had to stop her run and go back and get the ball again. No goals for Alanna today but she was instrumental in setting up and pulling defenders away all day long.
The men’s game was cancelled due to the field conditions so we headed for the ferry terminal early to get over to Nanaimo.
We arrived got to our hotel and had a restful night. The next day we played VIU. We had beat them in the second game of the season 3-1 but knew they had been playing very well as of late. We needed to the start the game quickly and that is exactly what happened when Alanna Bekkering tore down the wing received a ball from the birthday girl, Kelsey Martin and Alanna made no mistake putting it away in the second minute of the game. We had other chances as we kept our style of play going and in the 24th minute a corner kick taken by Marlie Rittinger was played by Megan Baird to Bronwyn Crawford who put the ball away for a 2-0 lead. That is the way the game ended with Emily Edmundson getting the shut out. A very good weekend in very tough conditions. In fact, the team couldn’t get back to the Lower Mainland on Sunday night as the winds had picked up so all of the ferry sailings had been cancelled till the next morning. They did get on the 7am ferry and back to Kamloops by midday.
We now prepare for UBCO our interior partners. We will play at home on Saturday and in Kelowna on Sunday.
Tom McManus, Head Coach