Posted on: August 17, 2017
By Scott Stanfield of Comox Valley Record
(Posted with Permisson of the paper)
A quartet of Comox Valley footballers are among the top rookie prospects for the Thompson Rivers University Women’s soccer team, which kicked off its exhibition season Wednesday in Kamloops.
Olivia Bates, Camryn Curts, Abbie Simms and Danielle Robertson all played for the Upper Island Riptide in the Vancouver Island Premier League.
“Training camp has been super,” coach Kelly Shantz said in a news release. “Good spirit and effort from everyone. I think we have a great bunch of recruits and new faces to raise the level of play on the field and make our team culture a great one off the field. The worst part of training camp has been dealing with the smoke issues in Kamloops and bouncing around places to train to keep the girls safe……it has been very disruptive to all.”
Again this year, the WolfPack has a rookie laden lineup with only one fourth year and two third year players.
“We are simply better than last year. That has been obvious to the coaches even after two sessions. This year’s edition is more athletic and talented than last year, but then again…….maybe all the teams in Can West will be also. Time will tell!”
Shantz is enthusiastic about seeing his players in action.
“Love getting on the field for games to learn more. It really is year one of the rebuild and I have 15 or so new faces to integrate and learn what they can do at this level and with new players around them, so the competition is very welcome.”
After the first match against the Capilano University Blues of North Vancouver, TRU will hit the road for a pair of games hosted by MacEwan University in Edmonton. All 26 players wil make the trip. The roster will be trimmed when the team heads to Seattle Aug. 26 and 27.
The WolfPack have a first week bye and don’t see their first Canada West regular season activity until Saturday, Sept. 9 when they host the MacEwan University Griffins.
All TRU regular season matches-home and away-will be webcast on a pay-per-view basis on www.canadawesttv.ca.