For the first time in nearly two years, regular season Canada West soccer has returned to Hillside Stadium.
The TRU WolfPack and UBC Thunderbirds of Vancouver squared off on Friday in men’s and women’s action.
Fourth-year forward Danielle Steer notched two second-half goals for UBC in a 2-0 victory over TRU in women’s action.
"For 65 minutes, I thought we were really good value," WolfPack women’s head coach Mark Pennington told TRU Sports Information. "Everybody worked their socks off and performed as well as we could have asked for from a tactical point of view, from a mentality point of view and I couldn't be more proud of them."
WolfPack goalkeeper Danielle Robertson stopped 11 shots against the defending U Sports champions.
First-year defender Raiya Rumo was named the player of the match for TRU.
In men’s action, third-year WolfPack forward Dylan Hooper scored in the 72nd minute, the final goal of the match in a 1-1 draw.
Jackson Farmer tallied for the T-Birds, the three-time defending Canada West champions who are ranked first in the conference in a pre-season coaches’ poll.
"The guys were totally pumped up. It was actually to a point where I was having to calm them down a bit," WolfPack head coach John Antulov told TRU Sports Information. "And then when you play a team as good as UBC you have to be calm and relaxed. Overall, we battled and fought back to get a result and we have to be pretty happy with that."
Rematches will be played on Saturday at Hillside Stadium, with the men to get underway at 5 p.m. and the women to follow at 7 p.m.
Due to regional health restrictions, spectators will not be permitted, but the game can be watched live on canadawest.tv.