Posted on: October 19, 2017
WolfPack women enter last weekend of regular season with playoff hopes
It doesn’t get any more dramatic for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack. The WolfPack are battling for the sixth and final playoff spot in the Canada West women’s soccer league heading into the final weekend of the year.
TRU will close things out at home with matches Saturday (Oct 21) at Hillside Stadium against the team they are fighting for playoff positioning with—the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves.
They then close out the regular campaign Sunday (Oct 22) at MacArthur Island field #2 against the MacEwan University Griffins. Both are noon kick offs.
MacEwan has already clinched a playoff spot (fourth in the Pacific Division).
Date: Sat Oct 21/Sun Oct 22 Time: Noon
Location: Hillside Stadium/Mac Isle field #2
TRU Record: 3-8-1 Last 5 Games: 2-2-1 last match 4-0 loss at home to Calgary Oct 15
UNBC: 3-7-2 Last 5 Games:1-3-1 last match 0-0 tie at Winnipeg
MacEwan: 7-4-1 Last 5 games 3-1-1 last match 1-0 win at Manitoba
Important Game Notes:
These matches were originally slated to be played on the road but were switched due to smoke in the Kamloops area from the Interior Wildfires. Sunday’s match was moved to Mac Isle due to a “Football Day in Kamloops” booking at Hillside.
In the second weekend of the regular season (TRU’s first since they had an opening round bye) in September, UNBC beat the ‘Pack 3-0 and MacEwan handed TRU a 7-2 setback (Sept 8-9).
Neither of the matches will be webcast this weekend. Highlights from Sunday’s match will be posted on the WolfPack website: www.gowolfpack.tru.ca on Sunday afternoon.
Thoughts from WolfPack head coach Kelly Shantz:
1. How is the team going into this final week considering you have achieved one of your goals–being in a playoff hunt?
We are in great shape. Some injuries have healed up and the team is loose and confident in training. The success’s we have had fighting into a playoff battle have been great for our morale and our confidence. We feel rewarded for the hard work and are looking forward to the games.
2. With the team’s inexperience, how are you going to keep them from being too nervous going into the ‘biggest match’ of their university career against UNBC ?
I think our inexperience is a bonus in this situation. No baggage from past years or past events, just a hunger to keep our good play going and get a good result on Saturday especially. With start of the year expectations so low from most observers, the girls don’t feel a ton of pressure. We can focus on the prize and play loose.
3. How do you match up now with UNBC in comparison to the first week of the season?
Oh boy….so different. UNBC is in the top half of the entire Canada West division in terms of experience, so they started the year much tighter and aware of each other as a team. We are the youngest team in Canada West and the country for that matter. We have used the entire season so far to learn about each other’s habits and tendencies, strength’s and weakness’s, to get to a point where are starting to play off each other pretty well. It will be a much better game for us than the first one of the year when we played them in Prince George.
4. Sunday’s match is on natural grass, will you be doing any training on that this week in preparation?
No, we won’t be. The Saturday game v UNBC is most critical and played on turf so we need to be fully focused on that. UNBC has a grass field at home so we want to use the advantage as best we can. Sunday v MacEwan is against a team that plays on turf at home as well so they will be no better prepared.
5. As you look at your squad–what aspect of their development surprised you the most?
I recruited most of the freshmen and trained the others over the off season, so i am not really surprised at the growth….more gratified. I thought we had some talent, soccer iq and determination joining us this year and that has been proven true. I think we are a good place to end the year in style with a bunch of pieces in place for the future too.
6. Anything else you want to add.
It will entertaining. Noon start on Saturday at Hillside with a rivalry game and playoff spot on the line…. should be great. Come on out!
Players to Watch:
Dannielle Robertson (1st year, keeper, Courtenay, BC) leads the Canada West in saves with 88.
Marisa Mendonca (3rd year, midfield, Penticton, BC) leads TRU with four goals-all four scored in the last two weeks of play and in points with four.
Camryn Curts (1st year, midfield, Courtenay, BC) is second in points with three (2 goals and 1 assist)
Brooke Molby (1st year, keeper, Squamish, BC) : has 2-6-1 record and two shutouts in 10 starts
Tianna Puis(5th year midfield, Prince George, BC) : leads the T-Wolves in scoring with 3 points (1 goal and 2 assists)
Tianna Rossi (5 th year, midfield, Prince George, BC) : leads UNBC in goals with 2 both scored against TRU.
Emily Burns(3rd year, Sherwood Park, AB) is tied for fourth in Canada West in saves with 56.
Meagan Lemoine (2nd year, forward, Edmonton, AB) leads the Griffins in scoring with 7 points (3 goals and 4 assists)
Brittany Costa (1st year, midfield, Delta,BC) , Kaylin Hermanutz (2nd year, midfield, Edmonton, AB) and Raeghan McCarthy (1st year, forward, Edmonton, AB) all have three goals. Hermanutz had two of her goals in the Griffins victory over TRU.