Posted on: September 12, 2018
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team hit the road for the first time in this young Canada West season.
The Pack are off to the province of Alberta for back to back games. Saturday (Sept 15), Thompson Rivers will visit the Prairie division leading Alberta Pandas at Foote Field.
The following morning (Sunday Sept 16), TRU will be at Cougars Field in Calgary to meet up with Mount Royal.
Thompson Rivers is coming off a loss to MacEwan and a win over UNBC in the season opener. Alberta won back to back games in Calgary and Lethbridge. Mount Royal beat Lethbridge and lost to Calgary.
Date: Saturday, Sept 8th/Sunday Sept 9th Time: 2 pm/11 am MDT
Location: Foote Field, Edmonton, AB/ Cougars Field, Calgary, AB
TRU Record: 1-0-1 (5th in Pacific) Last year (3-9-2) 7th in Pacific Division
Alberta Record: 2-0 (1st in Prairie) Last year (10-2-2) 1st in Prairie Division
Mount Royal Record: 1-0-1 (3rd in Prairie) Last year (4-6-4) 5th in Prairie Division
Important Game Notes:
The Pandas are coached by Canada West coach of the year Liz Jepsen. On their roster is the Canada West rookie of the year Brook Lang (2nd year, defender, St. Albert, AB) , and Canada West first team all-star Sydney Daines (5th year, forward, Innisfail, AB). The teams last met on September 16, 2016 in Kamloops. Alberta won 5-0 on that day with goals scored among others by Daines, Morgan Corbett and Brianna Mattiello.
The Cougars have four international players on their roster: Miah Godek (3rd year, keeper, Bothell, WA), Rose Hemans (1st year keeper, London, ENGLAND), Haley Nicholson (2nd year, forward, Kalispell, MT) and Natalie de Marco (3rd year, midfield, Canberra, Australia). These squads last met on October 17, 2015 at Hillside Stadium. Thompson Rivers won that match 1-0.
Thoughts from WolfPack head coach Kelly Shantz:
1. What will you be working on this week in preparation for your first road swing of the regular season?
– Faster, smarter, tougher – We played well for stretches but not completely enough. We will be working a lot on doing what we do…..better and quicker. Time for the tempo to go up
2. What are you building on following the .500 weekend to start the season?
– two things really. Firstly, that we toughed out 2 games where did not play great, but kept the fight up and narrowly lost one while winning the other. Getting a result when you don’t play your best is very, very tough in this league and we got 1 positive result and almost 2. The lesson in this is to embrace the grind when you have to….anything can happen. Secondly….to learn and keep learning. We are so young, that development and opportunities to ask ourselves “why” will be daily. If we seize those chances to ask questions of ourselves and then adapt and change, as we did last weekend, we can accomplish much.
3. Alberta leads the Prairie Division after the opening weekend. How do you match up with them?
– Always tough…every year. We are GIANT underdogs. The Pandas have 15 players in their 3rd, 4th or 5th yr of U-Sport soccer. We have 5, and no 5th yrs. Battling that level of experience is huge mountain, but I love what we have going on here and if we stick together, stay smart and work our tails off….we will be just fine.
4. Will weather conditions be a factor—expecting snow and rain in the forecast for the province of Alberta- Geez yeah! We have been training and playing in hot weather non-stop really since we opened in August, so this will be an adjustment for sure. Both our opponents this weekend also play on grass, so more adjustment for us there…..but these are out of our control, adn we need to stay tight to the focus on what we CAN control.
5 Do you anticipate any big line up changes for the weekend?- no, nothing big. I am hoping Natalie Verdiel will be good to go at the back. After that, we will see how training and health guides us this week.
Players to Watch:
Camryn Curts (2nd year, midfield, Courtenay, BC): is tied for second in Canada West in assists (2).
Chantal Gammie (1st year, forward, Smithers, BC): is fourth in Canada West in shots (8).
Danielle Robertson (2nd year, keeper, Courtenay, BC): stands third in Canada West in saves (13)
Brianna Mattiello (4th year, midfield, Edmonton, AB): tied for first in Canada West with two goals this season.
Morgan Corbett(4th year, midfield, Edmonton, AB: tied for second in the Canada West with nine shots taken.
Cailyn Leeson(3rd year, keeper, Calgary, AB): fourth in Canada West in saves (12) tied for first in goals against (0) and goals against average (0.00)
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