Posted on: October 3, 2018
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack have some definite goals as they gear up to host their closest geographical rival in a pair of Canada West women’s soccer matches.
The WolfPack are facing the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat in a home-and-home series beginning Thursday (Oct 4) night at Hillside Stadium. That is a 6 pm start time.
The teams will head to Kelowna for the second game on Saturday (Oct 6) afternoon at Nonis Field.
Not only are victories and scoring goals on the mind of the WolfPack. But they also want to take over the lead in the women’s portion of the “President’s Cup.” That is a series of athletic competitions between the two schools.
After the WolfPack won the women’s cup last year, TRU currently trails UBCO after the cross country competition last weekend. UBCO won that event.
Thursday night’s contest is also Kamloops Youth Soccer Association night. Any KYSA player who wears their jersey to the match will be admitted free. There will also be an autograph session involving the WolfPack players on the field after the match.
Date: Thursday, Oct 4/Saturday Oct 6 Time: Both 1 pm
Location: Hillside Stadium, Kamloops, BC /Nonis Field, Kelowna, BC
TRU Record: 1-5 (7th in Pacific Division) 0-5 in last five 1-3 at home
UBCO: 5-1 (1st in Pacific Division) 0-5 in last five 1-3 at home
Important Game Notes:
The WolfPack haven’t scored a goal in their last four matches and are looking to break that streak. UBCO has only one goal in their last five matches.
The “President’s Cup” competition on the male side has both schools tied with a win and a draw following UBCO’s victory over the TRU men’s cross country team.
Thoughts from WolfPack head coach Kelly Shantz:
1. You mentioned after weekend losses to UFV and Trinity Western that the team is in a ‘funk’ offensively. How do you get out of that in such a short prep period for UBCO? All we can do is emphasis it a bit in training with a technical approach. Work on the movements, get some repetition in and extra touches, but in a really short week with a game Thursday that is tough to do also. In my career I have also learned that these things tend to even out over time and you have to keep pressing, keep doing the right things and eventually the bounces come your way.
2. Could you please talk about the rivalry with UBCO and is there anything extra when you play against them? We have growing rivalry with a few team developing, but the one with your region and battling for success just like you is always going to be special. The rivalry aspect take it up a notch, but the real intensity really comes from us knowing we have to get positive results from them to get to the playoff goal we have made….and they are in the same boat.
3. Do you see that rivalry intensifying in the future? As our programs both grow and mature……it will absolutely intensify. I am pretty new in my coaching role and so is their coach, so that adds to it over time.
4. How has the return of Marlie Rittinger (5th year, Ashcroft, BC) to university soccer solidified your mid field and back line? A little early to say it has solidified our group but Marlie clearly brings an elevated level of composure and leadership to the middle of the field for us. Her vision and awareness is very much evident, and now it’s a day by day thing if getting her timing down with us.
5. With six matches left in the season, are they ‘ must win’? Anything can happen, so we are not out until we are mathematically out, but there is no doubt there is a lot riding on this weekend’s play.
6. Which players are you expecting to step up against UBCO? In all seriousness, our key to success is stepping up as a team, accepting the size of the moment and answering the call with focus, energy and intent in our play as a group.
Players to Watch:
Danielle Robertson (2nd year, keeper, Courtenay, BC) : second in Canada West in saves with 48.
Marisa Mendonca (4th year, midfield, Penticton, BC): leads the team in goals with two and has nine shots
Chantal Gammie (1st year, forward, Smithers, BC) leads the team with 13 shots on goal
Camryn Curts (2nd year, midfield, Courtenay, BC) has two assists this season and nine shots
Kylee Walker (3rd year, forward, Delta, BC): is tied for the team lead with 2 goals and has 11 shots.
Jessica Ambrosio (1st year forward, Burnaby, BC): is tied for the lead in goals with 2 and has six shots.
Iona Lawson (1st year, keeper, Calgary, AB): has started five of six matches she has appeared in this year. She has a record of two wins and three losses. She has a goals against average of 1.68 and has made 26 saves. She played minor soccer with WolfPack rookie Marissa Young.
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