ABBOTSFORD, B.C. —The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack surrendered three goals in the first half against the University of Fraser Valley Cascades But, the youthful TRU squad rebounded with a strong second half. Still they wound up dropping a 3-0 decision to the host Cascades Friday night (Sept 29) in Canada West women’s soccer play.
TRU falls to 1-6 on the season while Fraser Valley ups their record to 4-2-1 on the campaign.
TRU keeper Dannielle Robertson (1st year, Courtenay, BC) faced 17 shots in the second half making eight saves. Fraser Valley got two goals from Gurneet Dhaliwal. They were her second and third goals of the Canada West regular season.
UFV-23:45-scored on a TRU own goal when Robertson bobbled the ball. UFV 1 TRU 0
UFV-32:22-Gurneet Dhaliwal (2nd of year) from Lexie Gillette who fed the ball to her at the top of the penalty area. The ball curved to the right side of the net. UFV 2 TRU 0
UFV-42:21-Gurneet Dhaliwhal (3rd of the year) from Janelle Henke: rebound from a low shot and found the center of the net UFV 3 TRU 0
Keepers: Dannielle Robertson (TRU) 11 Shots on goal 3 goals against 8 saves
Emily Harold (UFV) 3 Shots on goal 3 saves
TRU 1-6 Fraser Valley 4-3-1
TRU head coach Kelly Shantz:
On game: For once Dannielle Robertson couldn’t carry us. She struggled in the first half. She would be the first to admit she would like two of those three goals back. One went through her hands into the net on a routine play. She bobbled around another ball from distance and it wound up in the net to put us down 3-0 at the half. That wasn’t the full story. We are still searching to compete physically with the top teams in the league. Fraser Valley has been there. They are rebuilding but they have a lot of experience and play very physical. We didn’t quite answer the bell. Too many turnovers after making four or five good passes and switching the field and getting the ball into the attack. We ‘grip the stick a little too tight’ and make that bad pass or knock that cutting ball instead of sending it in front of the net or to the back post or danger area. We try a little too hard and knock it right to the keeper or right to a defenders foot. Nothing comes from a pretty good build up. Still optimism but this is game three of a four game series you do in this league—UBC and UVIC last weekend and now Fraser Valley and Trinity Western this weekend. These are great experiences and we like to build on them. We have plateaued a little bit in our physicality and our upping the game. That is perfectly normal in a ‘development’ phase which we are in. We improved a ton in the first four or five weeks of the year. We have plateaued in this tough part of the season but I am still excited. The girls are still positive. Player of the game for us was Cassie Morris (2ndyear, Kamloops, BC). She was solid again at the back and in the midfield. She used her height and using it to her advantage. Two or three other girls played well too. “
The WolfPack continue their three match road swing tomorrow (Saturday Sept 30) when they visit the Trinity Western University Spartans in Langley, BC.
On Thursday, their road trip winds up in Kelowna, BC with a match at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat.
TRU then returns home to host UBCO on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Kick off will be 2 pm at Hillside Stadium.
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