WolfPack Women’s Soccer Blanked At Home By Capilano

  Posted on: August 16, 2017

Rookie Camryn Curts was praised by coach Shantz (Allen Douglas photo)

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.


Goal scoring:

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.

Kelly Shantz pregame (Aug 16, 2017)

before cheer (Aug 16, 2017)

Shelbie Clark and Tate Stephenson (Aug 16, 2017)

Olivia Bates and Camryn Curts  (Aug 16, 2017 LR)

Kelly Shantz checking his line up (Aug 16, 2017)

Madison Catt ISO (Aug 16, 2017 LR)

Gwen Freeze directs (Aug 16, 2017)

Danielle Robertson (Aug 15, 2017)

Camryn Curts in air (Aug 16, 2017)

Deanna Brady plays ball (Aug 16, 2017)

Cassie Morris (Aug 16, 2017  Allen Douglas)

Georgia Aldus (Aug 16, 2017 Allen Douglas)

Keenan Degan (Aug 16, 2017 Allen Douglas)

Game Action 2 (Aug 16, 2017)

Cassie Morris (Aug 16, 2017)

Keenen Degen and Abbie Simms (Aug 16, 2017 LR)

Behind the bench (Aug 16, 2017)

bench shot 2 (AUG 16, 2017)

Gwen Freeze directs (Aug 16, 2017)

Tate Stephenson (Aug 16, 2017 Allen Douglas)

Kelsey Thorlaksson and Camryn Curts (Aug 16, 2017)

Shae Fuoco with ball (Aug 16, 2017 Allen Douglas)

Ava Simpson (Aug 16, 2017)

Natalie Verdiel -hands on back (Aug 16, 2017)

Danielle Robertson goal kick (Aug 16, 2017)

Shae Fuoco throws ball in (Aug 16, 2017)

Deanna Brady (back to camera) (Aug 16, 2017)

Game action vs Capilano (Aug 16, 2017)

Keenan Degan with ball (Aug 16, 2017  Allen Douglas)

Larry read (Aug 16, 2017 Allen Douglas)

Madison Catt (Aug 16, 2017 Allen Douglas)

Mia Simpson (Aug 16, 2017 Allen Douglas)

Shae Fuoco (Aug 16, 2017Allen Douglas)

Georgia Aldus (Aug 16, 2017)

Tate Stephenson and Sasha Sirianni (Aug 16, 2017)

Danielle Robertson about to kick (Aug 16, 2017)

WolfPack bench (Aug 16,2017)

Gwen Freeze ISO (Aug 16, 2017)

sitting on the turf (Aug 16,2017)

Shae Fuoco (Aug 16, 2017)

Kelsey Thorkelsson (Aug 16, 2017)

Abbie Simms (Aug 16, 2017 Allen Douglas)

Natalie Verdeil (Aug 16, 2017)

Camryn Curts (Auu 16, 2017 Allen Douglas)

Olivia Bates directs (Aug 16, 2017)

positioning for corner kick (Aug 16,2017)

Shae Fuoco (Aug 16, 2017)

Kelly Shantz post game (Aug 16, 2017)

Cool down (Aug 16,2017)


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