Posted on: October 12, 2017
—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team continues its five game Canada West home stand this weekend.
Coming off a 1-0 victory over the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat on Saturday (Oct 8), the ‘Pack entertain two Prairie Division rivals this weekend. That victory, coupled with a forfeit by UBCO for utilizing too many substitutes on Thursday (Oct 5), has put TRU into a playoff position.
On Saturday (Oct 14), the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns come into Kamloops while the University of Calgary Dinos make a visit on Sunday (Oct 15).
Both are afternoon kick offs at Hillside Stadium.
Date: Sat Oct 14/ Sun Oct 15 Time: 1 pm PST/2 pm PST
Location: Hillside Stadium, Kamloops, BC
TRU Record: 3-7 (6th in Pacific) Last 5 Games:2-3
Lethbridge: 4-5-1 (5th in Prairie) Last 5 Games: 3-2 beat Calgary 2-1 at home (Oct 8)
Calgary: 4-3-3 (3rd in Prairie) Last 5 games:2-1-2 lost to Lethbridge 2-1 on road (Oct 8)
Important Game Notes:
The WolfPack played these teams for the first time in regular season play last year. Calgary took TRU 10-0 on September 10, 2016. That was Kelly Shantz’s first Canada West match as a head coach. The following day, Lethbridge took the ‘Pack 2-0. Both those games were played in Alberta.
Thoughts from WolfPack head coach Kelly Shantz:
1. Thoughts on how the series will UBCO will translate into a big weekend against Lethbridge and Calgary– It makes it a huge weekend for us. We have everything to play for in our last 4 games, all at home. We are full of confidence that we can scramble and work our way to wins when we play the system we need to be successful and get our on-field assignments right. Nice to be at home and have a full week to prepare.
2. How do you match up against those teams–Tough to say. You can only learn so much from the video we have access to. Like in all weeks we have to adjust our play to match up well and I will spend the next few days learning all I can of both Lethbridge and Calgary. Both teams are in their own battle for payoff positioning in their division so it will be important to match their motivation and energy level right of the gate both days.
3. What are you focusing in on this week?–Most of the time will be spent on continuing to work on our system of play and getting the girls more and more used to each other and be able to move the ball and themselves instinctively instead of re-actively around the field. This is a big hurdle for a team that always has 6 or 7 freshmen on the field so we have to push this continually. From that we will finish our seek working specifically on our game plans for Lethbridge Saturday and, to a lesser extent, Calgary.
4. On Saturday, you will be honoring your lone graduating player this year—Christine Fergin from Waterloo, Ontario. What has she meant to the program and how has she developed under you the last two years?–Christine is a lot like our graduating captain of last year, Katie Harding. Christine knew she would be ending her varsity career on a team doing a huge rebuild, with lots of new faces and the frustrations that comes with that. Many returning players shied away from that over the last couple years but Christine was a hero….she gravitated to the challenge and took on a leadership role with all these young players. She has been a passionate, dedicated leader on and off the field this year especially and the whole team sees her investment in the program and the example she sets. Her greatest improvement has been understanding the subtleties of the game and strategies that a veteran needs to grasp. You can’t just go out there and “play”, everything needs to be done with purpose and she has come a long way.
5. Anything else you want to add about this weekend?–We play entertaining soccer. Our games are always exciting, win or lose……..come on out and see for yourself!
Players to Watch:
Marisa Mendonca (3rd year, midfield, Penticton, BC) has two goals in her last two games.
Dannielle Robertson (1st year, keeper, Courtenay, BC) leads the Canada West in saves with 70. She has played every minute of every match this regular season.
Cassie Morris (2nd year, defender/midfielder, Kamloops, BC) was her teams player of the match the last two outings.
Michala Stone (4th year, keeper, Lethbridge, AB) has played every game for Lethbridge with a goals against average of 1.20 and three shutouts
Lindsay Arnatto (3rd year, forward, Lethbridge, AB) leads the Pronghorns in scoring with five goals
Nikki Furukawa (5th year, midfield, Lethbridge, AB) is second in team scoring with three goals and one assist.
Maddison Fritze ( 4th year,forward, Edmonton, AB)—is fifth in Canada West scoring with five.
Lauren Houghton (1st year, keeper, Calgary,AB) has played every minute of every game for the Dinos and sits second in saves percentage .896. She has four shutouts going into the weekend.
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