Posted on: August 22, 2017
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team will conclude its preseason with three matches beginning tomorrow (Wed Aug 23) at Hillside Stadium.
Kelly Shantz and his team will entertain the Douglas College Royals (PACWEST) in a noon hour matchup at Hillside Stadium.
They will follow it up with matches this weekend (Aug 26-27) in the Seattle area against St. Martin’s University Saints ( NCAA Div II) and Pacific Lutheran University Lutes (NCAA Div III).
The youthful ‘Pack are still searching for their first exhibition victory after three starts including back to back setbacks this past weekend in Edmonton, Alberta.
“I liked that they (the team) showed, as a group, a capacity to adjust and take our meeting notes and plans on the field and put them to use,” he says. “We were much better Sunday (4-0 loss to MacEwan) after a poor day on Saturday (2-0 setback to UNBC). This shows good soccer IQ and makes it easier to take the tempo up a notch.”
The WolfPack have 26 players in camp. Coach Shantz plans to keep all of those players around. “I am OK with the numbers we have. It’s more about identifying our starters, key reserves and then who can rotate into the roster as needed or be a red-shirt candidate for next year.”
Looking at his roster, Shantz says: “ Marisa Mendonca (3rd year, Penticton, BC) has obviously worked really hard on changing her game in the offseason and it shows…she has stepped it up for sure. Cassie Morris (2nd year, Kamloops, BC) continues to take baby steps towards being the dominant player she can be and Rylee Singletary (1st year, Surrey, BC) has been very consistent as a freshman and made a name for herself.”
One key battle going on right now is in the nets. “As expected it’s been tight,” Shantz—himself a former keeper explains. “Deanna Brady (Richmond, BC) is the third year and has worked hard on her game all summer. But Danielle Robertson (1st year, Courtenay, BC) is a polished technical keeper and Shelbie Clarke’s (1st year, Invermere, BC) raw athleticism and size (as well as great hands) have them all in the mix for playing time. Much to sort out here.”
What is he expecting out of Douglas College on Wednesday? “They are a good college side and I am still looking at a lot of new players for their habits. With that in mind, I really don’t care about the result, just progress in our development and focus.”
After a first week bye, the WolfPack will travel to UNBC and MacEwan to start the Canada West Campaign on September 8th and 10th. Their home opener is now set for Saturday, September 23rd. Kick off at Hillside Stadium will be noon.
WolfPack matches during the regular season will be shown an a pay-per-view basis on http://canadawesttv.ca