The TRU WolfPack women’s soccer team bounced back from a tough effort with an inspired performance against the host University of Lethbridge Pronghorns on Sunday (Sept 11). Playing in seven degree temperatures with howling winds and rain, the WolfPack fell 2-0 to the host Pronghorns. KEY STATS:
LETH (41:32) Nikki Furukawa from Kaelen Gilroy on shot outside box. 1-0 Pronghorns
LETH (43:55) Nikki Furukawa from Kayla Blacquiere. Through ball 2-0 Pronghorns. Furukawa had three goals this weekend.
Shutout: Paige Gattafoni 4 shots on goal and 4 saves
Keeper for TRU: Alyssa Smith (1st year, Langley, BC) 2 goals against, five shots on goal. Three saves (all in 2nd)
CORNER KICKS: Lethbridge 3 (all in second half) TRU 3 ( 1 in first half, 2 in second)
SHOTS BY PERIOD: Lethbridge 8 (five in second) TRU 8 (six in the second half)
Lethbridge 1-1 TRU 0-2
TRU head coach Kelly Shantz:
“It was very disappointing for us to give up two goals before half time but it was a great bounce back effort for our team after a very tough match yesterday (10-0 to Calgary). We came and showed tremendous grit and tremendous heart. The team worked hard for 90 minutes. We have a lot to do on presenting our scoring chances. We had four or five today that we didn’t take very well. We had better pressure and performance than our opponent for most of the game”.
“ Even in the second half when we were playing against the wind, we had them hemmed in,” he added. “We worked hard on loose balls and tackling. The girls are upset with the loss. They were ‘going for it’ today. No one sat back.”
Player of the Game for TRU: Keenan Degen (1st year, midfield, Kamloops,BC). Said Shantz “Playing in the middle of the park, she bounced back and was very good the entire 90 minutes. She was challenging on the ground, in the air. She passed very well. Keenan had a nice day.”
Shantz also gave credit to a number of other players who had ‘break out’ games.
TRU returns to Kamloops for their home opener next weekend against Alberta Pandas (Sept 17) and the UNBC Timberwolves (Sept 18). Kick off both day at Hillside Stadium is noon. Lethbridge visits MacEwan and Mount Royal.