Posted on: August 26, 2017
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team continued their exhibition season as they faced the Saint Martin’s University Saints (NCAA Div II) Friday (Aug 26) in Lacy Washington.
The match ended in a 1-1 tie. WolfPack head coach Kelly Shantz called it his team’s best effort of the preseason. Keenan Degen (2nd year, Kamloops, BC) had the lone goal for TRU in the 15th minute. The WolfPack led 1-0 at the half.
Degen cashed in on a header off a set play. The corner kick was taken by Sasha Sirianni (2nd year, Kamloops, BC). The ball went onto Cassie Morris (2nd year, Kamloops,BC) who flicked it on goal.
TRU went with Deanna Brady (2nd year, Richmond, BC) in the nets and made eight saves. The WolfPack had a solid team effort. Shae Fuoco (1st year, Kamloops, BC) had five shots in the contest-two on goal.
15:00-TRU-Keenan Degen (Cassie Morris/Sasha Sirianni): header off a flick on following a corner kick
51:54-Saint Martin’s-Shae McKnight (Gloria Petri): off turnover, cross left to right
Shots: TRU 4-4:8 Saint Martin’s 4-6:10 Saves: TRU 3-5:8 Saint Martin’s 0-3:3
Keepers: TRU: Deanna Brady (90:00 1 GA 8 saves) Saint Martin’s: Ali Koehler (45:00- 1 GA 0 Saves)
Sara Christensen (45:00- 0GA 2 Saves)
TRU (pre season) 0-4-1
TRU head coach KELLY SHANTZ:
On game: “By far the best effort of the season as the youth are starting to play together. This gave us a good indication of who our starters will be. We dominated the first half and most of the second—hitting a post and a cross bar.”
Players who stood out: “Total team effort but some noteworthy were the play of Cassie Morris. She continues to be a dominant force heading the ball. She has all the tools to be a great player in this league. Natalie Verdeil (3rd year, Powell River, BC) came off injury to play 30 minutes at the back and was a leader. Rookies Camryn Curts (Courtenay, BC), Gwen Freeze (Kamloops, BC) and Georgia Aldus (Kamloops, BC) saw a lot of time and were effective. Rylee Singletary (1st year, Surrey, BC) was impressive with her knowledge of the game and her solid passing. She will be a huge addition to our backline.”
The WolfPack wind up their exhibition campaign tomorrow (Aug 27) against Pacific Lutheran College.
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.