Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer program has traditionally had a strong local flavor. It appears the 2017-18 version will be no different.
Head coach Kelly Shantz and the WolfPack are announcing their second local recruit for the upcoming Canada West season. Recent South Kamloops Secondary grad Shae Fuoco (pronounced few-oh-ko) has agreed to join the program.
Fuoco played this past season as well for the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association U-18 rep team and will be taking courses aimed at earning a Bachelor of Science degree.
“I chose TRU because I wanted to start university here in my hometown and because TRU offers me what I want to take for my future career,” she states. “I also want to represent my hometown playing the sport that I love.’
Fuoco was looking at attending both UBC and UVIC before deciding to stay home.
She is excited about helping regroup the WolfPack program: “I look forward to being a part of a team in a rebuilding mode because we come with a fresh perspective and attitude. I look forward to growing as a player and contributing to the team’s success.”
Her coach the past season was KYSA Technical Director Ciaran McMahon. “Shae has tremendous pace on the wing, a great work ethic and is deceptively strong. She has a realistic grasp of her strengths and weaknesses which have helped her grow as a player this past season.”
He adds: “Shae has succeeded at the youth level because of her determined attitude. She will continue to sharpen her skills and decision making to match the greater technical, tactical, physical and mental demands of the USport game. She truly deserves this opportunity to prove herself at the highest level of post-secondary sport. I wish her the best with this challenge and know she will continue to improve herself to make the biggest impact she can with the WolfPack.”
Fuoco helped the KYSA squad win the Thompson Okanagan Youth Soccer League title and capture a silver medal at the BC Soccer Provincial “A” Cup this summer.
Says coach Shantz: “It’s nice to add Shae as a recruited player, even this close to training camp. Shae has expressed her deep interest in being a part of the WolfPack ever since I took over the program last May but I had told her there were a few areas of her game that needed immediate attention to be a University level player and, too her credit, she has worked very hard on those areas and shown solid improvement so formally adding her to the list is the reward a young player deserves.”
He goes onto say: “Shae has always had some tools that any coach desires. She is very quick and takes space that is given with authority. She also scores goals when clean opportunities are presented. We welcome Shae and look forward to helping her continued improvement! “
Fuoco will join the WolfPack at their training camp in Mid-August. They open their 2017-18 Canada West campaign on Saturday, September 9th at Hillside Stadium against the MacEwan University Griffins.
The other local recruit vying for a spot on this year’s edition of the WolfPack is fellow South Kamloops grad Emily Mann.
Here is the rest of the teams recruit list: Olivia Bates (5’5’, Centreback, Courtney, BC -G.P Vanier Secondary/Upper Island Riptide VIPL), Camryn Curts (5’6”,centremid, Courtenay, BC-Mark R. Isfeld Secondary/Upper Island Riptide VIPL), Abbie Simms (5’8”, forward, Comox, BC-Carihi Secondary/Upper Island Riptide, VIPL), Rylee Singleterry (5’7”, defender, Surrey, BC-Clayton Heights Secondary/TSS Black), Danielle Robertson (5’5” keeper, Courtenay, BC-Mark R. Isefeld Secondary/Upper Island Riptide VIPL), Madison Catt (5’7”,fullback, Vernon, BC-Clarence Fulton Secondary-Vancouver Whitecaps Vernon School Academy/TOFC), Shelbie Clarke (5’10”, keeper, Invermere, BC-David Thompson Secondary/Columbia Valley Football Club), and Jollee Perrier (5’8” forward, Penticton, BC-Penticton Secondary/Penticton Pinnacles (TOSL).
THROW INS: The WolfPack still have openings for their Wolfpack Girls Soccer Camp which runs at Hillside Stadium August 28-31. The women’s program will be running their camp for girls 9-noon with the men’s team running 1- 4pm for boys. The camp is for players from grade 6-9.
“We are there to improve players,” says Shantz. “We will be doing a lot of skills and technical stuff but we will also be having fun. There will be games each day.”
The instructors will be Shantz and his assistants and players in the morning. Men’s coach John Antulov and his players will instruct the boys camp. Cost is $175.00. You can register on line at www.gowolfpack.tru.ca and click the sport camp icon.