KAMLOOPS, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team will hit the road again in Canada West regular season play
Following back to back defeats at UNBC and MacEwan, the WolfPack will visit the province of Saskatchewan for a pair of matches. Saturday (Sept 16), the ‘Pack will be in Saskatoon to take on the University of Saskatchewan Huskies (1-1). Sunday (Sept 17), Thompson Rivers will pay a visit to Regina to take on the University of Regina Cougars (0-0-2).
After the weekend, TRU returns home to host the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds on Saturday, September 22nd. Kickoff is noon at Hillside Stadium.
Date: Fri, Sept 15/Sun Sept 17 Time: Noon CST for both matches
Location: University of Saskatchewan/University of Regina Field.
Important Game Notes:
Saskatchewan sits in a fourth place in the Prairie Division with three points. Regina is fourth with two points.
The WolfPack have given up the most goals so far in this young Canada West season with 10.
Last year, both the Huskies and Cougars came to Kamloops to play. Regina beat Thompson Rivers 5-1 on October 22nd, 2016. Sasha Sirianni (2nd year, midfield, Kamloops, BC) had the lone goal for TRU in the 55th minute.
One day later (October, 23, 2016), on the final home match of the year, the Huskies took down the ‘Pack 2-0.
Thoughts from WolfPack head coach Kelly Shantz:
- Thoughts going up against Sask and Regina. How do you match up with them?
I have not reviewed the game film on this week’s opponents yet, but our focus right now is less about the match – up and more about our group, so new together, finding a rhythm, trust and confidence in each other. It’s more about taking care of the process then it is about looking for the outcome. They are both experienced squads deep in multi-year returning players so I expect them to be cohesive in what they want to do. The best thing we can do is bring energy and heart to the game and take it from there.
- With such a young squad, how can you get them to forget about the opening weekend?
They are young, but they are also pretty bright kids. In our meetings and chances to chat since the weekend there is lots of agreement that it was a wake-up call and no-one really “felt right”. Again, could be our youth and lack of knowledge of each other but I think we learned a lot from it and will work on it in training this week. It’s behind us….look ahead.
- What positives do you take from the first road trip into this weekend?
I spoke with a couple good soccer friends who watched us online and they both said the same thing. They thought we had stretches where we looked really, really solid. That’s huge in tough losses and has to form something to build off of. The other positive we can draw on is just knowing we took 10 freshmen on the trip and all but 1 got in good minutes and got the chance to experience the pace and physicality of our league……very good for them and we will need them as the season rolls along.
- Has Danielle Robertson (1st year, Courtenay, BC-who started both matches last weekend) moved into top spot on your keeping depth chart?
We will play the goal keeper that we think gives us the best chance to be successful, no depth chart involved. Right now Deanna Brady (2nd year, Richmond, BC) has a kidney infection and is in a fair amount of discomfort, so that is the bigger indicator of where we are thinking we are going into the weekend on goaltenders.
Players to Watch:
Dannielle Robertson: started both matches vs UNBC and MacEwan. Made some big stops in both contests.
Camryn Curts/Olivia Bates (both 1st year, midfield/defender Courtenay, BC): the former Upper Island Riptides players (as is Robertson) scored their first Canada West markers vs MacEwan last Sunday (Sept 10).
Megan Ripplinger (1st year, midfield, Regina, Sask: Canada West female first star of the week. Leads the Canada West in scoring (3), tied for second in assists (2) and leads in points with five.
Sally Bachmann (1st year, forward, Pitt Meadows, BC) leads the Cougars in scoring with a goal.