UBC downs women's WolfPack soccer in home opener

By Larry Read
September 23, 2017 - 2:53pm

KAMLOOPS, BC—After spending their first four Canada West matches on the road, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team finally had their home opener.

The ‘Pack, coming off their first win of the season had a tough one in the most potent offense in the league—the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds on Saturday (Sept 23) at Hillside Stadium.

The Thunderbirds handed TRU their fourth loss in five starts.  UBC outshot TRU 30-10.

Jasmin Dhanda of UBC—the Canada West’s leading scorer---had four goals as she moved to nine on the campaign. It was UBC’s highest scoring match of the year. 

SYNOPSIS

It was the highest scoring offense in the Canada West (UBC 15 goals) against the team giving up the most goals (TRU 13).    UBC led 2-0 after the first half and outshot Thompson Rivers 14-7.

Dhanda’s hat trick gave her seven on the season.

The score would have been higher if not for the performance of TRU keeper Dannielle Robertson who made a number of big saves.

HIGHLIGHTS:

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KEY STATS:

Goal scoring:

1.      UBC—10:00--Jasmin Dhanda (5th year, forward, Surrey, BC)-takes lead pass from  Margaret Hadley (4th year, forward, North Vancouver, BC) and outraces TRU’s Cassie Morris (2nd year, Kamloops, BC) and beats keeper Dannielle Robertson (1st year, Courtenay, BC) low right side.  Dhanda’s 6 th of the year.  UBC  1   TRU 0

2.      UBC—32:09—Danielle Steer (1st year, forward, Surrey, BC)  takes a cross from Hadley (who had drawn three defenders to her). Steer with a right foot that beats Robertson. Steer’s 5th of the campaign.  UBC 2  TRU 0

3.      UBC--58:22—Jasmin Dhanda scores her second of the match when she capitalizes after Robertson made initial save on Aman Shergill’s (5th year, forward, Surrey, BC) shot.  Robertson bobbled the ball and it wound up in front  who made no mistake.  Danda’s 7 th goal of the season.  UBC  3  TRU 0

4.      UBC—65:52—Dhanda gets her hat trick goal when she scoots past a TRU defender and goes in on a breakaway. Robertson comes out and Dhanda’s foot work makes her commit. Wide open net for Dhanda. Goal # 8 on the year for Dhanda. Emma Cunningham (2nd year forward, West Vancouver, BC) getting assist.  UBC 4  TRU 0

5.      UBC—83:19—Aman Shergill gets on the board when she gets a through ball and walks in on a breakaway to score her 4th of the year going low on a fallen Robertson.    UBC 5  TRU 0

6.      UBC—84:38 Jasmin Dhanda notches her fourth goal on another break away as Steer gave her a through ball and she beat TRU defender Gwen Freeze (1st year, Kamloops, BC). The goal gives her 9 on the year.  UBC  6  TRU 0

Shots:    TRU:  7-3:10     UBC:   14-16:30            Corners:   UBC:  3    TRU: 2

 Saves:   TRU: 7-5:11        UBC: 3-4:7               Shots on goal:   UBC: 9-8:17    TRU 5-2:7

Keepers:   TRU:  Dannielle Robertson                      UBC:  Emily Moore (1st year,Victoria, BC)

RECORDS:

TRU: 1-4                 UBC: 5-1

QUOTES:

TRU head coach Kelly Shantz: 

Says UBC showed them how to finish: “ They are certainly the top finishers in the country. Two fifth year strikers-Jasmin gets four goals and Aman adds another. It was 6-0 but it could have been a lot higher. We totally ran out of gas in the last 15 or 20 minutes. We did come a long way and made some progress.”

Says this was a litmus test for his young squad:  “Absolutely. They start a lot of third, fourth and fifth year players. We started nine first years to start the game.  This is the transition that we have to go through. We have to have these wars.  Then watch the video and get back to work during the week.  These kids are up for it. I am so proud of them.

On Play of Dannielle Robertson: “It could have been higher. As well as we played, we made a lot of errors in our own end. This is a team that punishes you when you do that. We will learn that. We will learn where and when mistakes are acceptable and when they are absolutely a death knell for your future. She bailed us out on them. Three or four breakaways in the first half and she made some big stops. She battled hard.”

COACHES VIDEO COMMENTS: 

WolfPack keeper Dannielle Robertson:

On her performance:  “ The score could have been higher. I thought we played really well in the first half and kept it together. The second half was a little rougher. There was a 1v1 against Dhanda on the far post which I was happy about.”

On home opener nerves: “ Home crowd. Lots of people that we know. We wanted to look good. I thought we proved ourselves in the first half especially”.

UBC head coach Jessie Symons:

On most offensive game: “Overall was a good result. Credit to Kelly and TRU: they are trying to play and move the ball.  Fortunately, we have some players who got behind and they were successful.”

On four goal performance of Jasmin Dhanda: “Jasmin is in her fifth year. She wants to make every game her best game. Great job today scoring four goals. She is in a very good headspace right now.”

Was the game plan to utilize the through ball?:” Little bit. I thought overall, we are team that likes to play either through or around. We will take the space that is given to us. Fortunately today we were able to play into Jasmine.”

COACHES VIDEO COMMENTS:

UP NEXT:

The WolfPack continue their home stand when they entertain the University of Victoria Vikes. The teams play tomorrow (Sunday September 24th) noon at Hillside Stadium. Again, the match is sponsored by  Mortgage West . “ They don’t have the strike force that UBC has and they would admit that themselves,” says Shantz. “ They make it up by being extremely organized and very, very defensively sound. They will run the same plays with their veteran players. We will have to come back and learn from today’s match and be smart. We also want to finish our chances. We had three or four today and we need to capitalize on them.”

The Thunderbirds will head down Highway 97 and meet the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat on Sunday. Kickoff is 1 pm. “They are a team that is quick too and likes to play, It is great coming up here (the Interior) and move the ball around,” says Symons

All of the WolfPack matches—home and away—will be webcast  live on a pay per view basis on www.Canadawest.TV.

Today’s game will be shown later this week on Shaw TV in Kamloops, BC

The WolfPack  men are hosting the 2017 USport Men’s Soccer Nationals November 9-12th. Tickets on sale at all TRU home matches.

OF NOTE:

Robertson  was named the first TRU Bookstore/McDonalds “Leader of the Pack” player of the match.

UBC scored five goals earlier this season against the University of Winnipeg Wesmen 5-0 at home on September 15th.

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