Posted on: August 16, 2017
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team opened up their 2017 Canada West exhibition season with a match against the Capilano University Blues of North Vancouver, BC (PACWEST).
The match was played at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops (Aug 16) on a beautiful Wednesday Afternoon. The final score was 3-0 in favor of the Blues.
The Blues led 1-0 after the first half. The WolfPack have only been training since last Friday (Aug 11) and played without team captain Christine Fergin (4th year, defender, Waterloo, Ontario).
Deanna Brady (2nd year, Richmond, BC) started the first half for TRU. She was replaced by rookie Danielle Robertson (1st year, Courtenay, BC) and then Shelbie Clark (1st year, Invermere, BC).
Shantz is expecting as many as 16 new players among the 25 on his roster this year.
Capilano: Claire Ye (2-one in the first half, one in the second half both off corner kicks –first given up by Brady, the other by Clark), Marcia Chessie 1 (second half, long shot given up by Robertson)
TRU (preseason) 0-1
TRU head coach KELLY SHANTZ:
On game: “You never like losing. There was some disappointing play in our 18. We accomplished what we wanted to do. We got 25 people into the game. Players were coming and going. It was mission accomplished in them showing us what they could do. We stepped up against a well-organized college team. We learned a lot. It was good.”
On Offensive Chances in Second half: “As early as we are in training, we are having trouble transitioning from about 25-30 yards out. That is the hardest part of the game. It is easy to get to the other teams defense but then things tighten up. We are panicking inside the 18. We are doing the same at our own end. We got caught twice on set pieces. We have some talent here. It is up to us as coaches to sort them out.”
Players who stood out: “ Of the new players, Camryn Curts (1st year, Courtenay, BC) was strong in the middle of the park. She was great in youth and was solid today. She has had a solid first week of camp. Abbie Simms (1st year, Campbell River, BC) on the outside has played very very well too. “
On Expectations This Year: “My standards are high. If you are good enough you are old enough. We can gel and come together quickly. The idea is that we don’t have to necessarily get out of the gate well. That will be the biggest challenge-not to expect too much as we get out of the gate and come together. We want to progress by stealing points here and there and sneaking into the playoffs. We want to be ready to make some noise in the post season. We want to build an expectation of excellence. We have to expect to get into the playoffs. We are holding everyone to a higher standard.”
WolfPack co-captain Natalie Verdeil (3rd year, defender, Powell River, BC):
On the match: “It felt really good. We made some great passes. We strung along a lot of stuff. It fell a part a couple of times but it didn’t feel like a 3-0 game. Two of the goals were off corners and we were struggling to find out where we were supposed to be. We are still trying to get 21 players on a field. That is a lot in a soccer game. Once we figure out our positions it will come a lot easier and we will have success.”
The WolfPack will continue their exhibition season as they will go to Edmonton, Alberta to play an exhibition weekend tournament against the MacEwan University Griffins and the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves. Next home exhibition match for the WolfPack will be Wednesday, August 23rd against the Douglas College Royals of New Westminster, BC (PACWEST).
They then will go to Washington State for exhibitions against Pacific Lutheran College (Aug 27) and Saint Martins University (Aug 26).
Thompson Rivers will open their 2017 Canada West season at home on Saturday September 9th with a 1 pm kick off against the MacEwan University Griffins.
All of the WolfPack matches—home and away—will be webcast on a pay per view basis on www.Canadawest.TV.
The WolfPack had a brief ‘meet and greet’ with Federal Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities Carla Qualtrough following their match. She was touring Thompson Rivers after meeting WolfPack keepers coach Taylor Shantz during the Wildfire crisis earlier this summer.