Posted on: October 11, 2018
With their playoff lives still in the balance, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team will close out the home portion of their Canada West season this weekend.
The WolfPack have a rare 11 am kick off on Saturday (Oct 13) against the University of Winnipeg Wesmen before hosting the University of Manitoba Bisons on Sunday (Oct 14). That is a 1 pm start time at Hillside Stadium.
The WolfPack are unbeaten in their last two starts after a win and a tie against the UBCO Heat last week.
Date: Saturday, Oct 13/Sunday Oct 14 Time: 11 am/ 1 pm
Location: Hillside Stadium, Kamloops, BC
TRU Record: 2-7-1 (7th in Pacific) Last five matches: 1-3-1 at home: 2-3
Winnipeg Record 0-6-4 (7th in Prairie) Last five matches: 0-3-2 on road: 0-3-2
Manitoba Record 4-4-2 (4th in Prairie) Last five matches: 2-3 on road: 2-2-1
Important Game Notes:
The WolfPack have back to back shutouts against UBCO. They have not played against Winnipeg and Manitoba for three years. They played on the prairies with TRU beating Winnipeg 3-1 on September 5, 2015 (Jaydene Radu scoring twice with singles coming from Kindra Maracle and Nikki Manwaring. Shalayna Issakson got the win in relief of TaylorShantz—who is now the WolfPack keepers coach) and losing to Manitoba 4-0 on September 4, 2015.
Both Winnipeg and Manitoba will also play UBCO this weekend in Kelowna, BC.
Thoughts from WolfPack head coach Kelly Shantz:
- Tell me about the teams psyche right now after the win and draw against UBCO?
We are in a good space right now. We knew we had what it takes to put somepoints in the standings, but until you do, there is that lingering doubt after a really rugged 1st half of the season. Taking 4 of 6 points and moving ahead of UNBC in the standings has us confident and looking forward to this weekend.
- How will that help as you close out the home portion of the regular season this weekend?
Bottom line is that the points means we have everything to play for….so getting up for the games this weekend will be easy. Home crowd, good weather, big games………good stuff.
- How do you match up against Winnipeg?
We haven’t played them in 3 years so the matchup is based on video and results, but they are struggling to move up the standings in the Prairie division too, so for us, we want to play aggressive Wolfpack soccer, be confident and prepared, and the result will take care of itself.
- And Manitoba?
Manitoba is a little higher in the standings with a few more veterans, so we will have to specifically prepare for a coupe things they do well, but most important for us will be bringing energy to the Sunday contest against a team tired and on the road for 3 days by then.
- As you look at the schedule and then UBCO’s, who has the more difficult road to the playoffs?
We have exactly the same schedule, so we have the tougher road. We must tie or beat a team that UBCO doesn’t do as well against. We need a little help. We can’t forget UNBC either, they are 1 point back of us and have been playing pretty well…
- What will your message be to the players going into the final two home matches?
Be aggressive and confident in your play. We are a very athletic team with strong players who can roam the field and a good dose of speed. We need to relax and leverage that. We need to be a handful to deal with.
- If there were one aspect of this team—their skills, mental approach, chemistry or something else that has stood out in recent weeks what would it be? It’s been very tough the last couple weeks. We were in a tough space mentally being 1 win and 7 losses and dug our way out if it in time for the UBCO weekend. I think the women stuck together through and got the reward they deserved last week with 4 points. Training has been good this week, spirits high, so I think we have turned that corner!
Players to Watch:
Danielle Robertson (2nd year, keeper, Courtney, BC): is second in Canada West in saves (55) and has back to back clean sheets. She has four career shutouts. She has a record of 2-5-1.
Chantal Gammie (1st year, forward, Smithers, BC): leads the team in goals with 3 and has a team high 21 shots on goal.
Shae-Lynn Dodds (2nd year, midfield, Winnipeg, MB): She is tied for second place in the Canada West in goals scored with seven.
Madison Fordyce (3rd year, keeper, Dugald, MB): has started all 10 matches the Wesmen have played this season with a record of 0-6-4 and a goals against average of 2.52
Madison Wilford (4th year, keeper, Winnipeg, MB): has started all 10 of the Bison’s matches this year and has a goals against average of 1.16 with two shutouts and a record of 3-4-2
Nicole Davis (1st year, midfield, Winnipeg,MB): leads the Bisons in scoring with three and is tied for the team lead in points with five.