Saskatoon, SK- The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team played their first ever USports match in the province of Saskatchewan on Saturday (Sept 17).
The WolfPack opened up a two game Canada West road trip off with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the host University of Saskatchewan Huskies. TRU falls to 0-3 while Saskatchewan is 2-1.
The Huskies got a pair of goals from fifth year striker Leesa Eggum in the first half en route to the victory. The match was played at PotashCorp Park.
Eggum scored her goals 20 minutes a part in that first half. The Huskies led 2-0 after the first 45 minutes.
Dannielle Robertson (1st year, Courtenay, BC) started her third straight match for TRU and faced 11 shots.
- 19:00– Sask-Leesa Eggum assisted by Megan Ripplinger
- 39:00- Sask-Leesa Eggum unassisted
- 59:52-Sask-Jacqueline Altrogge from Taniel Gay
Shots: TRU 0-4:4 Sask 7-5:12 Corners: Sask 6-4:10 TRU 0-0:0
Saves: TRU 4-4:8 Sask 0-2:2 Saves by Period: TRU 4-4:8 Sask 0-2:2
Keepers: Sask: Jadyn Steinhauer (1-0-0) TRU: Danielle Robertson (0-2-0)
TRU 0-3 Sask 2-1
TRU head coach Kelly Shantz:
On game: “So many positives coming out of the day for us. We battled for 90 minutes, we raised our awareness, our compete level and our intensity. We talked a lot this week about getting beyond this ‘young team reputation’ and playing like veterans and going hard. We still make two or three catastrophic mistakes that they took advantage. But we were far more into the game than we were last weekend. I am really proud of the girls. I think we were a little unlucky on the day. Emerson Hanson scored in the first half but it was called back offside (Hanson playing her first Canada West match). Emerson hit the cross bar in the second half. In general, a much better effort and we are looking more like a team. I know we can build on this going forward into Regina tomorrow.”
On player of the game: “I thought our player of the game was Cassie Morris (2nd year, Kamloops, BC) She was solid in the midfield. We moved her to the backline where she played last year. She continues to show herself as a 90 minute prolific player. She had a very strong powerful day.
On goalkeeping: “Dannielle Robertson was solid in goal. A little tentative off the line a couple of times but made a couple of big saves. She is starting to come around really well like the potential she has.”
The WolfPack conclude their four game road swing as they visit the Cougars at the University of Regina on Sunday, September 17th. The match will not be webcast.
The WolfPack regular season home opener will be Saturday, September 23rd when the UBC Thunderbirds pay a visit to Hillside Stadium for a noon kickoff.
(with assistance from University of Saskatchewan Sports Information)