WolfPack women on top entering playoffs
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team will enter the 2012 PACWEST playoffs on a three-game winning streak.
The WolfPack closed out their regular season with a wild 3-2 win over the Vancouver Island University Mariners on Sunday, Oct. 21, and a 1-0 victory over the Capilano Blues.
Both games were played at Hillside Stadium.
Against Vancouver Island, a scoreless first half was replaced by a Wild West shootout in the second half.
Emily Edmundson stood tall in net, while WolfPack goals came from Amanda Barrett, with two, and Marlee Rittinger.
Against Capilano, Blair MacKay scored for TRU.
The victories left the WolfPack with a PacWest-best record of 10-2-2 entering the playoffs, which begin on Friday, Oct 26, in Squamish.
TRU, the defending PacWest champion, enters as first seed and will play No. 4 Langara in the opening round.
No. 2 UBC-Okanagan will face No. 3 Quest of Squamish in the other semifinal, with the winners meeting for the PacWest title on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, the TRU WolfPack men’s soccer team defeated Capilano 2-1 and tied defending PacWest champion Vancouver Island 1-1 on the weekend to finish third in the league and qualify for the playoff tournament this weekend in Squamish.
Oriol Torres and Ashley Raynes scored for TRU in the win over Capilano, while Peter Loncar tallied for the WolfPack in their draw with Vancouver Island.
This coming weekend will be deja vu for the Kamloops side as, being the No. 3 seed with a 7-4-3 record, it will face No. 2 Vancouver Island in the opening round of the post-season on Friday, Oct. 26.
No. 1 Douglas will play No. 4 Kwantlen in the other men’s semifinal, with the title tilt being played on Saturday, Oct. 27.
“We always have had really good battles with them,” WolfPack co-head coach John Antulov said.
“They are a team. Two-time defending champions. We wanted to let them know that they will be in for a battle next week.”
— CORNER KICKS: The women WolfPack saw three fifth-year players — Chloe and Abbey McAuley and Blair MacKay — on the home pitch for the final time this past weekend. The WolfPack men honoured their one graduating player before the match. Justin Smeaton, a three-time CCAA Academic All-Canadian, will graduate this spring . . . the Errol Wild Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Sebastian Gardner and Austin Schneebeli. The award is in honour of Errol Wild, the longtime WolfPack men’s soccer manager and icon in the Kamloops soccer and rugby communities.
— TRU sports information