Strong Second Half Propels Spartans Over WolfPack In Women’s Soccer

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Kamloops BC:  The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack gained some valuable experience Saturday (Sept 24) in Canada West Women’s Soccer play.

The WolfPack were beaten 4-0 by the visiting Trinity Western University Spartans at Hillside Stadium. The youthful WolfPack held the Spartans, who are nationally ranked, to a scoreless draw after the first half.

SYNOPSIS

The WolfPack played a defensive match and held the Spartans to a scoreless draw in the first half before giving up four goals including one in the dying stages in the second.  The Spartans outshot the WolfPack 21-1 to 4-0-2 on the year atop of the Canada West Pacific Division.   TRU fell to 1-4.

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KEY STATS:

Goal scoring:

  1. Trinity Western (48:24) Danae Derksen (3rd year, forward, Delta, BC) scored off a back kick after Rachel Hutchinson (2nd year, midfield, Cloverdale, BC) took a corner kick. Derkson’s third goal of the year.   Trinity 1  TRU 0
  2. Trinity Western (56:12) Isabella Di Trocchio (5th year, forward, Burnaby, BC) got a cross from Seina Kashima (3rd year, forward, Burnaby, BC).   Di Trocchio’s second goal of the year. Trinity 2  TRU 0
  3. Trinity Western (84:13) Danielle Thune (1st year, forward, Abbotsford, BC): capitalizes on a broken play for her first Canada West goal.  Trinity 3  TRU 0
  4. Trinity Western (90:00) Taylor Bubnick (1st year, midfield, Saskatoon, SK) off a corner kick taken by Hutchinson heads the ball in.   Trinity 4  TRU 0

 

Corner Kicks:    Trinity Western 11 (seven in the second half)    TRU 1  (first half)

Saves:      Trinity Western 1 (second half)   TRU 4 (two in each half)

Shots by Period:  Trinity Western 21 (13 in second half)   TRU 1 (second half)

Keepers:   Trinity Western: Ally Williamson (5th year, Langley, BC)   4th shutout of year (4-0-2)

TRU:   Alyssa Smith (1st year, Langley, BC)   (1-4)

RECORDS:

Trinity Western 4-0-2    TRU 1-4

QUOTES:

TRU head coach Kelly Shantz

ON BEING TIED AFTER THE FIRST HALF:  “It’s a small victory.  In terms of battling and being prepared to play against a nationally ranked opponent and fight for every inch of ground.  We were under the gun. We expected to be. We defended really,really well. They had pressure but didn’t get many great chances.  We defended the way we need to against good teams. I was super happy with the club in the first 45.’

ON SCORE:  “The score line is something we would have liked to see a little lower. We were tired on the last one. It was a great header: the fourth goal.  We made a huge mistake on the first goal in the first five minutes of the second half. We talked about it during the break when the girl got injured.  They changed the defensive set up we had aligned for them. It was the girl that was left alone who scored.  It was disappointing to go down 1-0 right away.

Spartans head coach Graham Roxburgh:

ON WHAT HE SAID TO HIS TEAM AT HALF: “We talked about being mentally focused and resetting our minds. You could see TRU was making it more and more frustrating for us. I thought we started well. Our mistake was that we weren’t that clinical in the attacking third.  We hit the post. We had a couple of chances to finish but we didn’t.  When you are playing a team that is in transition and more experience, the longer that they stay in it the more frustrating it could be for us.  We talked about having a mental reset. We asked them to move the ball faster and find some penetrating spaces.  I think to our credit, our players picked up their pace a bit.”

ON PLAY OF ISABELLA DI TROCCHIO: “I thought she had as strong second half. Isabella is a great player when Isabella wants to work hard. And she did in the second half.”

TRU Captain Kindra Maricle:

ON BEING A WAR:  “We came out hard. They didn’t expect it and that’s what I loved about that. We played so strong. It wasn’t a 4-0 game but that is how it ended. It will be an easy match for UBCO tomorrow because I think we wore them down.”

UP NEXT:

The WolfPack wrap up their four home match stretch on Sunday (Sept 25) when the University of Fraser Valley Cascades pay a visit to Hillside Stadium.   Last year, the Spartans beat the WolfPack 3-0 in their only appearance against each other. It happened Saturday, September 19 th in Langley.

The Spartans move down Highway97 to meet up with the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat on Sunday (Sept 25).  Kickoff is 1 pm.

OF NOTE:   The “TRU Bookstore/McDonalds  Leader of the Pack Player of the Match” was : Maricle.

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