November 7, 2013, Surrey, B.C. (ISN) — Soggy weather made for a typical west coast affair in an all-British Columbia matchup Thursday at the 2013 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Women’s Soccer National Championship at Newton Athletic Park in Surrey, B.C.
The No. 4 seed Thompson Rivers University WolfPack defeated tournament hosts and No. 8 seed Kwantlen Polytechnic University Eagles 5-0 in a slippery and spirited game as rain fell from cool grey skies. The WolfPack remain in contention for the bronze medal while the Eagles can place no better than 7th place in the eight-team championship.
Thompson Rivers won the Pacific Western Athletic Association championship and went 12-0-2 in the regular season while KPU finished in sixth place with a 3-7-4 record.
The WolfPack came out fast and strong against the Eagles following its first defeat of the year yesterday in the quarterfinals; a 1-0 loss against the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Ooks.
The WolfPack opened the scoring in the sixth minute when forward Katie Sparrow rippled the mesh. Just six minutes later, Sparrow’s teammate and PACWEST golden boot winner Alanna Bekkering was sprung on a partial breakaway and blasted a shot past goalkeeper Sukhleen Gill. Eagles players contended the play was offside.
Up 2-0, the WolfPack lost some momentum when Sparrow was forced to leave the game in the 22nd minute after sustaining a leg injury following a collision with Gill.
Following an exchange of yellow cards to WolfPack midfielder Marlie Rittinger and Eagles defender Jessica Anderegg for bad tackles from behind, the Eagles pressed the WolfPack midway through the first half.
Their best chance came on a shot off of striker Shanay Sangha’s right foot from 20 yards out on the left side, but WolfPack goalkeeper Emily Edmundson was up for the task.
But with the ball heading in the other direction toward Gill, a bad guess by the goalkeeper caught her out of position as WolfPack forward Jaydene Radu – the team’s second leading scorer in the regular season – chipped it over her and into the net in the 38th minute, making it 3-0.
Minutes later, the Eagles were dealt a blow, losing Sangha, its leading scorer, to an injury after she was stymied by Edmundson on a clear shot to the net from 10 yards out. Sangha had to be pulled from the match, replaced by Alyssa Mynhas.
Rain held off in the second half and the two sides battled it out evenly until WolfPack midfielder Kelsey Martin scored in the 71st minute to make it 4-0. Bronwyn Crawford capped off the scoring in the 76th minute.
Samantha Vegh of the Eagles had a chance to nullify Edmundson’s shutout in the 82nd minute but her shot from 20 yards out went crossbar out.
Player of the Match honours went to Eagles defender Gurneet Josan and WolfPack defender Vanessa Zilkie
The Wolfpack move on to play the loser of the semifinal match between the MacEwan University Griffins and the Ahuntsic College Indiennes in a bronze medal semifinal match Friday at 12 p.m. Meanwhile the Eagles will play in the consolation 7th place match against the Holland College Hurricanes Saturday at 9 a.m.
CCAA is the governing body for college sports in Canada that oversees five regional sporting associations. Champions from each association gained entry to this year’s national championship, along with two wildcard teams and the host, KPU. The tournament takes place from Nov. 6 to 9 at Newton Athletic Park and admission is free for children under 18.
Stay up to date with the latest results on the CCAA website: http://www.ccaa.ca/national-championship-s15054
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