Posted on: October 29, 2013
Tom McManus is the three time PACWEST Coach of the Year of the three time PACWEST champion WolfPack women’s soccer team
PACWEST CHAMPIONS THREE YEARS IN A ROW. Wow what a great weekend. The team travelled to Nanimo for the 2013 PacWest Provincial Championships. Our goal was to threepeat and at the end of the weekend we had accomplished our goal.
We played Langara Falcons on the Saturday and we knew that they would come at us in their usual high pressure style. They played very well but we took in their pressure and added some of our own. In the 32nd minute PacWest MVP Alanna Bekkering put one away to give us the lead going into half time. The half time talk was very positive as everyone was doing what was required of them. They were asked to pick up the tempo a bit and see if we could open up the defense. The players responded and in the 62nd minute mark our strikers combined to put the ball away. Jaydene Radu set up Katie Sparrow and Katie made no mistake. The score was now 2-0 but Langara kept coming at us, as all good teams do. In the 70th minute it was Jaydene’s turn to put it away as Kelsey Martin set her up and Jaydene made no mistake. The score was now 3-0.
Some players started to relax a bit and in the 80th minute Langara was awarded a free kick and the shot got by Emily Edmundson who had been excellent the entire game. This was a wake up call to the team and in the 83rd minute Katie Harding slipped a great ball through for Alanna Bekkering to take it and finish it off. This was followed by Alanna Bekkering breaking into the penalty box and being pulled down in the 85th minute. Alanna stepped up and finished off her hat trick giving the keeper no chance on the penalty kick. The final whistle went and we walked off as 5-1 winners.
In the other game that took place at the same time, Quest University defeated UBCO 3-1 so the match up was there. We would play Quest University in the gold medal match the next day.
The conditions had deteriorated during the night with high winds coming in. It reminded us of our bronze medal game against NAIT in PEI last year at nationals.
The game started and we played our possession game against Quest. The strong wind took control of any ball that was knocked up into the air so we tried to keep the ball on the deck as did Quest. This would be a very good game. Both teams were creating chances and in the 38th minute Katie Sparrow got her foot onto the ball and put it away past the Quest goalkeeper. WolfPack goalkeeper was called upon to make a couple of good saves as was Tianna Gilchrist the Quest goalkeeper. The halftime whistle went and TRU had a 1-0 lead.
The second half lead to some more good chances and once again both goalkeepers played very well. The ball was curling in the air everywhere and at one point the Quest goalkeeper and Alanna Bekkering were going to a ball that just spun away from both of them. They looked at each other and couldn’t believe the ball had reacted the way it did.
The final whistle went and the WolfPack were once again crowned the PacWest champions.
The awards were handed out and Alanna Bekkering was given the top midfielder of the tournament and Laura Smylie was awarded the MVP of the Provincial Championship.
We are now preparing for next week and the National Championship held in Surrey BC. WE will be leaving on Tuesday morning with our first game being Wednesday against NAIT from Alberta. This is the team that defeated us in last year’s bronze medal match so we are all looking forward to the game.
Great year so far for the WolfPack as once the nationals are over we will be focusing on moving into CIS next year, which will be a new challenge.
I will write more after the nationals and let you know how things went.
Tom McManus, Head Coach