WolfPack Women’s Soccer Drop Season Opener at UNBC

  Posted on: September 8, 2017

Natalie Verdiel vs UNBC (Rich Abney photo)

For Immediate Release: Friday, September 8, 2017

Prince George, BC- After having the opening week bye, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team started their 2017-18 Canada West regular season. The ‘Pack paid a visit to Prince George to meet up with the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves on Friday (Sept 8).
The WolfPack dropped a 3-0 decision.


This match was originally slated to be played in Kamloops but switched with a road match in October due to the smoke from the Interior Wildfires. UNBC led 1-0 after the first half and got two goals in the second half from Tianna Rossi.


Goal scoring:

1. UNBC- 29:49 -Rhianne Ferdinandi
2. UNBC-47:54—Tianna Rossi assisted by Tianna Puis
3. UNBC-51:34—Tianna Rossi assisted by Maddy Doucette. Rossi’s second goal of the match and season

Shots: UNBC 20 TRU 2 Shots on Goal: UNBC 14 TRU 1 Corners: UNBC 8 TRU 2

Saves: TRU 10 UNBC 1

Keepers: TRU: Dannielle Robertson (1st year, Courtenay, BC) UNBC: Madison Doyle

TRU 0-1 UNBC 1-0

TRU head coach KELLY SHANTZ:

On game: “ Best described as rattled. We weren’t ourselves at all. Between the bus legs and the moment of playing in your first league game—all the preseason prep and how well we played in Seattle went out the window. I give UNBC full marks for the win. Their leaders were fantastic. They really moved their system around the field and we never got our legs under us . It looked like our first game of the year with a lot of young kids. We have lots to work on. We are keeping it positive and trying to move forward. We got panicky and tentative. As the game went on we got more so but we did stay positive. We didn’t react to the moment and dig down and play a university type game. The building blocks are still there. Looking to make it happen and regroup for Sunday.”

On players that stood out: “ Our player of the game was likely Rylee Singleterry (1st year, defender, Surrey, BC). She played 90 minutes at left back and showed some real poise and movement. A solid game out of her. Danielle Robertson had some rough moments as a freshmen coming in for an ailing Deanna Brady. She got her hands on four or five difficult saves.”


The WolfPack continue their four game road swing as they visit the Griffins at MacEwan University on Sunday (Sept 10). They then move into Saskatchewan to take on the Huskies in Saskatoon on Saturday September 16th. They then visit the Cougars at the University of Regina on Sunday, September 17th.
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.
(With assistance from UNBC Sports Information)


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