Posted on: October 5, 2017
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack got some top defensive play as they settled for a 1-1 draw with the host University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat Thursday night (Oct 5) at Nonis Field.
The WolfPack led 1-0 at the half time.
The WolfPack and Heat kicked off this year’s “President’s Cup” series with this match. It is a competition between the two schools in soccer, volleyball and basketball. The Heat outshot the WolfPack by a huge margin in the contest (15-3).
Marisa Mendonca got the lone goal for TRU. It was her first tally of the season.
1.-32:46—TRU Marisa Mendonca (3rd year, midfield, Penticton, BC) with the left footer which went top corner on UBCO keeper Francesca Balletta. Camryn Curts (1st year, midfield, Courtenay, BC) draws the assist as she intercepted the ball in the UBCO 18 against the flow of play. Medonca’s first goal of the year. TRU 1 UBCO 0
2-66:28-UBCO Susan Traynor finished the play on a cross that went over TRU keeper Danielle Robertson. Traynor’s fourth goal of the season. TRU 1 UBCO 1
Shots: UBCO 6-9:15 TRU 2 -1:3 Corners: UBCO 7 TRU 0 Shots on Goal: UBCO 3-7:10 TRU 1-0:1
Saves: TRU 3-6:9 UBCO 0 Fouls: UBCO 2-0:2 TRU 2-3:5
Keepers: Dannielle Robertson (1st year, Courtenay, BC) (TRU)
Francesca Balletta (4th year, Burnaby, BC) (UBCO)
TRU 1-7-1 UBCO 0-6-3
TRU head coach KELLY SHANTZ:
On game: “ UBCO had the majority of chances. We defended very resolutely. Resolute or heroic defence. There were times that they got the ball inside our 18 and had opportunities. We had six or seven players blocking, diving do anything they could to keep the ball out. That saved our bacon without question tonight. We continue to improve our play and make the right moves but we give it away. We make four or five passes but then when we break out we turn it over. We need to break though that in order to win matches like this, hold onto matches like this. I am proud of the girls effort no question. We will always take a road tie. It beats the loss. We will come back to Kamloops and regroup and be ready to play Saturday. Our player of the game was our captain Natalie Verdiel (3rd year, defender, Powell River, BC) she and Christine Fergin (4th year, defender, Waterloo, ON) had super games at the back. They defended intelligently, made some great covering runs and had some of their most consistent play of the year. Dannielle (Robertson) was solid again tonight. She had her quad taped up and made a number of big stops. She couldn’t be faulted on the goal.”
The WolfPack returns home to host UBCO on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Kick off will be 2 pm at Hillside Stadium.
All of the WolfPack matches—home and away—will be webcast on a pay per view basis on www.Canadawest.TV.
(With assistance from UBCO Sports Information)