WolfPack without McManus draw with UBCO

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October 6, 2013, Kelowna, BC—Playing without their head coach, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team remained unbeaten and atop of the PACWEST Standings.

The WolfPack went into Kelowna and had the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat score a late second half goal to tie them 1-1.

The WolfPack’s record is now eight wins and two ties while UBCO stands at five wins, three losses and a tie.

Thompson Rivers got word earlier in the day that two time PACWEST Coach of the Year Tom McManus wouldn’t be joining him due to a violent illness. In his place, associate coach Natasha Little would be running the helm.

“We heard this morning that Tom was sick,” said WolfPack co captain Bronwyn Crawford. ” We wanted to win for him and knew Natasha would fill in great.”

“I thought the girls played well for me,” Little stated—herself only three years removed from the PACWEST as a player. ” The first half was great. In the second half, we had our chances but unfortunately, a bad bounce resulted in UBCO getting a chance tie.”

Little was referring to a hand ball in the 18 yard box called late in the second half with TRU up 1-0. The Heat’s Jennifer Kidd (5th year, defender, Richmond, BC) took the shot which was saved by WolfPack keeper Emily Edmundson (4th year, Kamloops, BC). Unfortunately for TRU, they were late pouncing on the rebound and the Heat capitalized off the foot of Haylee Lakovic (1st year, forward, West Kelowna, BC).

“We were a little late on that one,” said Little, who admitted that its partially what you can teach in practice and intuition when it comes to quick reflexes off the penalty kick save.

TRU opened the scoring in the 33 rd minute. Marlie Rittinger (2nd year, midfield, Ashcroft, BC) got a penalty kick and went lower left on Heat keeper Christine Tallon (4th year, Kamloops, BC)

The WolfPack dominated the second half with a number of corner kicks and chances. Rittinger had a chance to give TRU a 2-0 lead on a corner kick when Alanna Bekkering (5th year, midfield, Kamloops, BC) sent the ball into the box and Rittinger got her head on it. Tallon scrambled to make the save.

Little credited Rittinger for having a strong game and noted it was great to have Madison Wells (3rd year, defender, Ladner, BC) take a turn on the field. She has missed most of the year due to injury.

The WolfPack will close out the 2013 PACWEST season at home beginning Saturday (Oct 12) when Douglas College comes to Hillside Stadium. Kick off is at noon.