Pack welcome yet another KYSA recruit
Marlie Rittinger is the latest Kamloops Youth Soccer Association product to join the TRU WolfPack women’s soccer team.
“I’m very excited to be home and to play before my friends and family on a regular basis,” said Rittinger, a highly regarded Interior player in her age class.
“I went away last year and it wasn’t what I expected. I can’t wait to play for TRU. It’s a place I wanted to go to school and play for since I was young.”
The 5-foot-7 player from Ashcroft, who spent last season red-shirting with the Simon Fraser University Clan of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, will join the Pacific Western Athletic Association ranks under the tutelage of TRU head coach Tom McManus.
He is still deciding where he wants to deploy Rittinger,
“Realistically, she is a player who can go anywhere,” said McManus, who coached the WolfPack to a PacWest championship last season.
“She can play at the back and do a wonderful job. She plays midfield and even up front and scores some beautiful goals.”
Kindra Maricle, Kelsey Martin, Olivia Rasmussen, Madison Ellis and Courtney Daly are the other KYSA products who signed on to play for the Pack this fall.
Rittinger, along with many of her WolfPack teammates, is playing this summer with the Kamloops Heat of the women’s reserve Pacific Coast Soccer League.
McManus was happy to hear Rittinger was returning to the River City.
“It is so exciting to have her with our club,” he said.
“We wanted to have her last year, but she had committed to SFU. I am very happy she has decided to come home.”
— with files from TRU sports information