KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A hard working effort but the result wasn’t there as the youthful Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team dropped their second home match in Canada West play.
After losing 4-0 to MacEwan on Friday night on the Warner Rentals field in their home-opener, the 'Pack were on the short end of a 1-0 decision to the University of Alberta Pandas on Saturday.
The 'Pack and their new head coach Mark Pennington are still searching for their first victory of the season, falling to 0-3-1 while Alberta improves to 3-0-1.
After the WolfPack opened up with some early chances including two corner kicks, the more veteran Pandas dominated the first half. The got the only goal of the opening 45 minutes off a set piece. In the 27th minute, a corner kick resulted in a loose ball coming out to Aly Parth (fifth-year midfielder, St. Albert, Alta.), who flicked the ball high in the air. It was headed in by Nicole McKay (third-year defender, Edmonton, Alta.), who notched her first of the young season.
The Pandas had 10 shots in the first half, five of them saved by TRU keeper Danielle Robertson (third-year, Courtenay, B.C.).
Alberta had a chance to go up by two in the 72nd minute when Brenna Mattiello (fifth-year forward, Edmonton, Alta.) broke down the right side and drilled the ball to the right side of the net. Robertson stretched across to make the save. It was one of six she had on the afternoon.
TRU did mount more offensive pressure in the second half, though. In the 79th minute, rookie Solaine Sasaskamoose (midfielder, Burnaby, B.C.) took a free kick from about 25 yards out which Alberta 'keeper Ashley Turner (third-year, Edmonton, Alta.) had trouble containing.
Thompson Rivers will hit the road for the easternmost portion of the Canada West conference next weekend. They have matches Friday (September 20) and Saturday (September 21) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, doing battle with the Bisons on the Friday before taking on the Wesmen on the Saturday.
The Pandas host the Trinity Western University Spartans on Friday (September 20) and the University of Fraser Valley Cascades on Saturday (September 21).
The next home match for the WolfPack is Saturday, September 28th when they entertain the University of Calgary Dinos. Game start is at noon.