WolfPack on track for No. 1 seed
The Pacific Western Athletic Association (PWAA)-leading TRU WolfPack soccer women head into this weekend’s action looking to preserve a five-game unbeaten streak.
TRU will play the Douglas College Royals in Coquitlam on Saturday, Oct. 6, and the Kwantlen Polytechnic Eagles in Surrey on Sunday, Oct. 7.
“We played and beat Douglas in the first game of the year, but we know winning that easily won’t happen again,” said WolfPack head coach Tom McManus, whose charges are 5-2-1 with six games remaining on the regular-season schedule.
“They have improved a great deal as the season has progressed and I am expecting a very hard game from them. They are a very good team who have had some excellent results as of late.”
TRU followed its 4-0 win over Douglas in Week 1 with a 4-1 thumping of Kwantlen one day later. Both games were played at Hillside Stadium.
Part of the reason for TRU’s success this season is its firepower up front, with seven players among the league’s top-20 scorers.
Courtney Daly leads the Pack with three goals, while Taylor Miller, Vanessa Zilkie, Alanna Bekkering, Blair MacKay, Kelsey Martin and Marlie Rittinger have two apiece.
McManus switched to a 3-4-3 formation in a game on Sunday, Sept. 30, against UBC Okanagan.
Zilke scored in the 78th minute to salvage a 1-1 draw and keep TRU’s unbeaten streak intact.
Don’t be surprised if McManus tests the new formation this weekend.
“We have so many very strong attacking players that this gives us some extra opportunities,” he said.
The WolfPack return to Hillside on Saturday, Oct. 13, when the Quest Kermodes of Squamish are in town.
If all goes well this weekend for McManus, TRU — the fourth-ranked Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association team — will be playing to solidify the No. 1 seed heading into the PWAA post-season.
— with files from TRU