A youthful Thompson Rivers Unviversity WolfPack women’s soccer team got their first shot at a Canada West opponent on Saturday, Aug 27.
WolfPack opened up a three-team Canada West exhibition tournament in Edmonton with a 1-0 loss to UNBC Timberwolves.
A scramble in the box in the waning seconds of the first half led to the only goal of the game as UNBC claimed its first victory of the Canada West women’s soccer preseason slate on Saturday at Jasper Place Bowl.
Ashley Anderson of the Timberwolves got around the right side of the Thompson Rivers defence and planted a cross into the box that pinged off a pair of defenders before dribbling off the boot of Sydney Wilson and past goalkeeper Deanna Brady (1st year, Richmond).
Brady started the first half with Brenna Worsfold (1st year, Kamloops) played the second half.
“Unhappy with the result but not with the effort,” said TRU head coach Kelly Shantz. “It was a scramble. We learned a lot about each other and we are doing the right things. Scrambled play and the learning of assignments continue to be our weaknesses. But that is to be expected with so many new people coupled with the system we are trying to play is complicated. Everybody is learning well. A decent result.”
“We will have a tougher opponent tomorrow,” he added. “Good building blocks going forward.”
The WolfPack close out their 2016 preseason when they play host MacEwan University Griffins on Sunday, Aug 28. TRU opens the regular season on Saturday, Sept. 10, in Calgary against the Dinos. Their home opener is Saturday, Sept. 16, against University of Alberta Pandas. Kickoff is noon at Hillside Stadium.