Posted on: October 4, 2017
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack and the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat have had a long rivalry in a number of sports.
The two schools will renew that rivalry-and the battle for the President’s Cup—Thursday night in Kelowna, BC.
The ‘Pack women’s soccer team will travel to Kelowna to face the Heat in the first of a Canada West home and home series. It will culminate Saturday afternoon (Oct 7) at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops.
Both teams are in a rebuilding mode in the Pacific Division. Thompson Rivers has a 1-7 record while UBCO is 0-6-2
Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017 Time: 5 pm
Location: Nonis Field, University of British Colombia Okanagan Heat, Kelowna, BC
TRU Record: 1-7 Last 5 Games: 1-4
Opponent: 0-6-2 Last 5 Games: 0-4-1
Important Game Notes:
The President’s Cup is a competition between the two schools in volleyball, basketball and soccer. Last season, UBCO won the women’s cup while TRU took the men. The rematch on Saturday at Hillside Stadium will be at 2 pm start time.
Thoughts from WolfPack head coach KELLY SHANTZ:
1. Even though you have a young team…do you think there will be a little ‘extra excitement’ playing your closest geographical rival?
Absolutely. They are also our closest competitors right now in the standings so the girls know the importance of these 2 games both to our long term development and the current standings.
2. How do you match up with the Heat?
It’s going to be interesting. They are well coached and like to possess the ball, we try to play at a higher tempo and change things up along the way. UBCO has been really solid defensively and they are very experienced back there while we are still moving players around have several injuries to deal with and are looking for the real combination. Offensively, both teams struggle to score goals, so I don’t think it will be high scoring.
3. You’ve been shut out the last four matches…are you concerned about offense or when you consider your past four opponents, its simply hard to muster much offense against them.
It’s both for sure. We have struggled to score goals all year and it was an area I thought we would be challenged in so we continue to look to ways to be creative. The last 4 games against the Lower Mainland and Victoria 4 are tough for anyone to score well also…we need to manufacture some chances though and be focused in our finish.
4. Dannielle Robertson has seen all the action in the nets this year. In light of all the shots she has seen the last few games, are there thoughts of giving Shelbie Clark (1st year Invermere, BC) some game time or is Robertson still able to handle all the work
Not worried at all. Danielle seems fine and like many goalkeepers is thriving on all the work. Shelbie’s day will come and she is doing great in practice building her skill set, but Danielle is our starter right now and everyone is good with that for now. The 2 girls are great terms together and support each other really productively.
5. How do you think the players will adjust to the Thursday/Saturday match prep rather than their usual Friday/Saturday or Friday/Sunday schedule?
The scheduling won’t matter as we have been all over the place since we started training camp. Including this Thursdays trip we have played 13 meaningful games including pre-season on 11 different fields in 4 states and provinces travelling about 9,000 km, sleeping in 7 different hotels and spending 100+ hours on busses, vans and aircraft. Adjusting to the adversity of being road warriors has been a difficult journey for this young crew but it has brought us together as a team and will serve us well down the road.
6. Anything else standing out in your mind of late with the team or personnel?
After Thursday we settle in to 5 straight games at home to finish our regular season. We can’t wait for some of a Monday – Friday routine and get some action playing in front of the home town crowd. Come watch us play starting this Saturday!
Players to Watch:
Dannielle Robertson (1st year, keeper, Courtenay, BC) is second in Canada West in saves with 48.
Camryn Curts (1st year, midfield, Courtenay, BC) leads the WolfPack in scoring with two goals.
Francesca Bailletta (4th year, keeper, Burnaby, BC) has played all eight games in net for the Heat. She has made 32 saves and has a goals against average of 2.50.
Andrea Stinson (5th year, midfield, Nelson, BC) is the Heat’s leading scorer with a goal and one assist in seven matches.
If you can’t make the game/match: watch online (pay per view) at www.canadawesttv.ca
Home game/match highlights will be available by logging onto www.gowolfpack.tru.ca