Posted on: August 23, 2017
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team continued their exhibition season as they played another PACWEST squad from the BC Lower Mainland. They met up with the Douglas College Royals on Wednesday (Aug 23) at Hillside Stadium.
The Royals are from New Westminster, BC. It was the WolfPack’s fourth exhibition of the 2017 Canada West pre season and they fell 2-1 in regulation time. They later played an extra 30 minute scrimmage where the WolfPack captured a 3-0 victory.
Head coach Kelly shantz continued his evaluation of his youthful troops. He played rookie keeper Shelbie Clarke (Invermere, BC) for the first 90 minutes.
Marisa Mendonca (3rd year, midfielder, Penticton, BC) had the honor of scoring the team’s first goal of 2017 when she beat the Douglas College keeper at the 13 minute mark.
Douglas got goals from Mikayla Hamihok and Michelle Wessa.
The teams played a scoreless second half.
In a 30 minute mini game following, TRU got goals from Mendonca, Robin Price (2nd year, Smithers, BC) and Ava Simpson (2nd year, Delta BC) in a 3-0 victory
13:00 TRU Marisa Mendonca –moved in and slid it under goal keeper
39:00 Douglas: Mikayla Hamihok-with a low shot which beat TRU keeper Shelbie Clarke
45:00 Douglas: Michelle Wessa-jammed home a loose ball in front of the net off a scramble. Douglas had a corner kick.
Keeper: TRU Shelbie Clarke 45 minutes 2 GA
TRU (preseason) 0-4
TRU head coach KELLY SHANTZ:
On game: “It was full of positives but at the same time—I had no less than seven freshmen on the field the entire game. There was a lot of positives with the young players but at the same time, a lot of horrific mistakes made. Both goals came off mistakes that a team at this level cannot be making. We had some chances to score. We had chances to win but at this point, the score is irrelevant. Our progress is what is paramount. We got some more looks at our 16 freshmen. That is a bonus for me and the coaching staff.”
On development of Marisa Mendonca: “She took it to heart and worked hard in the weight room and on the soccer field. Dropped some wait and came in lighter and quicker. She always had that great offensive skill. She is going to play a ton this year and I know she will do great.”
On Shelbie Clarke playing the entire 90 minutes: “We are going to play all three the entire game this weekend. She is the truest freshman—the most inexperienced of our three goalies. We told Deanna (Brady, 2nd year, Richmond, BC) she will play the entire game on Saturday against St Martin’s while Danielle will get the entire start against Pacific Lutheran. I thought Shelbie had a very good game in goal. She is rough around the edges but you can’t coach that height and she has tremendous potential”
On win in extra game: “We appeared to relax the longer we went and played a very solid extra game. It was a good opportunity for more players to respond. Cassie Morris (2nd year, defender, Kamloops, BC) in holding midfielders was especially dominant in the extra session.”
The WolfPack hit the road for their final two exhibitions. They will go to Washington State against Pacific Lutheran College (Aug 27) and Saint Martin’s University (Aug 26).
Thompson Rivers will open their 2017 Canada West season on the road with a game in Prince George on Friday, September 8th against UNBC. They then move to Edmonton, Alberta for a Sunday September 10th noon MDT kick off against the MacEwan University Griffins.
The WolfPack regular season home opener will be Saturday, September 23rd when the UBC Thunderbirds pay a visit to Hillside Stadium for a noon kickoff.
All of the WolfPack matches—home and away—will be webcast on a pay per view basis on www.Canadawest.TV.