Slideshow: TRU WolfPack women remain alive in playoff race, despite home losses

Graduating players Taylor Miller of Kamloops, Marisa Mendonca of Penticton and Natalie Verdiel of Powell River have one last chance to impress at Hillside Stadium.

The TRU WolfPack women’s soccer team will wrap its home schedule on Saturday, when the UBC Okanagan Heat of Kelowna come to town. Kickoff is slated for noon.

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UBC Okanagan (1-9) will play host to TRU (1-6-3) on Thursday in the Little Apple.

Both matches featuring the teams with the Pacific Division’s worst records have potential to be meaningful in Canada West standings.

TRU is seventh in the eight-team division. The top six teams, sorted by winning percentage, will qualify for the playoffs.

The WolfPack are within striking distance of sixth-place Fraser Valley and scheduled to play the Cascades on Oct. 18 in Abbotsford.

TRU will wrap its regular-season schedule the next day against the Trinity Western Spartans (8-1-1) in Langley.

Head coach Mark Pennington, in his first season in charge of the WolfPack, was proud of the way his team handled itself in a pair of home losses last weekend — 2-1 to UBC (6-1-3) on Friday and 1-0 to Victoria (5-2-3) on Saturday.

“Just now, the fact we’re disappointed not to get a result off a big boy at home, says the program has come a long way and they’ve made some good steps,” Pennington told TRU Sports Information.

“The way the league is set up isn’t great, to have the top level of soccer on back-to-back nights, but we’ll go through some video and come up with a plan to play against UBCO in two very meaningful games.”

Camryn Curts scored the Pack’s only goal of the weekend. Miller had the assist. Goalkeeper Danielle Robertson backstopped TRU in both matches.

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