By Larry Read
TRU Sports Information Officer
KAMLOOPS, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women's soccer team are back into the win column. The Pack snapped a six match Canada West losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the visiting University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat. The match was played Thursday (Oct 4) at Hillside Stadium.
The WolfPack got two goals from first year forward Chantal Gammie (Smithers, BC). They were her second and third goals of the year.
Danielle Robertson (2nd year, keeper, Courtenay, BC) notched the clean sheet: her first of the year and third of her career. She made two saves.
TRU moves to 2-7 on the year while UBCO falls to 2-6-1.
TRU controlled the first half and had 11 shots on goal. Chantal Gammie (1st year, forward, Smithers, BC) got her second goal of the season in the seventh minute. The other Smithers, BC player on the 'Pack, Robin Price had a glorious opportunity which just missed the mark in the 39 th minute.
Camryn Curts (2nd year, midfield, Courtenay, BC) had another great chance in the 41st minute.
The WolfPack went up by two five minutes into the second half. Again it was Gammie connecting for her second of the match as she went high centre of the net.
In the 59 th minute, UBCO got their best chance of the contest as Alison Ferranado got a shot from the top of the box which was handled by Robertson. That was her second save of the match.
- 7:25-TRU—Chantal Gammie broke in on keeper Lawson and made a move to her right and put the ball in the empty net (lower left side) as defender couldn't get to it and it bounced into the net. Marlie Rittinger got assist. Gammie's second goal of the year. TRU 1 UBCO 0
49:46-TRU—Gammie gets her second of the match as Rittinger set her up. Gammie went high centre of the net on UBCO keeper Lawson. Her third goal of the year. TRU 2 UBCO 0
Shots UBCO: 4-4:8 TRU: 11-5:16 Corners: UBCO: 0-3:3 TRU: 4-0:4
Saves: TRU: 1-1:2 UBCO: 6-1:7 Shots on goal: UBCO: 1-7:8 TRU: 9-7:16
Keepers: TRU: Danielle Robertson (2nd year, Courtenay, BC) UBCO: Iona Lawson (1st year, Calgary,AB)
UBCO: 2-6-1 TRU:2-7
TRU head coach Kelly Shantz (3rd season):
On Match: "All the clichés in the world apply to this game. I am glad the girls get rewarded. We have played well for spells in the past matches. We were composed for most of the night and it was nice to get rewarded with a couple of great goals."
On Gammie breaking out: "I knew it was going to come. I thought it might be tonight. They do play a system that we have ideas for. She is such a ball hound. She likes hunting down things in front of the net. She likes hunting down defenders. That was the thing tonight. We have been playing so many top teams and she has been up against so many tough defenders that it has been a tough start to her career. It was great to see her get rewarded."
Video of Coach Shantz Interview: click here
TRU forward Chantal Gammie (1st year, Smithers, BC):
On breaking out with two goals: "everyone working together helped me. I think the first goal was the one which stood out in my mind as I really went for it. It's such a relief to finally get a goal in the net. That goal really gave us momentum. This win was very big emotional. Everyone really needed this."
Video of Gammie's Post Game interview: click here
UBCO head coach Craig Smith (3rd season):
On game:" It wasn't our best night at the office. The first half saw us play conservative and a mistake cost us. The girls tried hard. What can I say, TRU got more shots on goal. It was one of those nights. "
Video of Coach Smith Interview: click here
The WolfPack and Heat will wind up their 'home and home' series on Saturday afternoon (October 6) with a 1 pm kick off. Thompson Rivers will return home for their final two matches at Hillside Stadium for the regular season. Those matches would be Saturday October 13th against the University of Winnipeg Wesmen and Sunday October 14th versus the University of Manitoba Bisons. Saturday's match will be an 11 am start time. Sunday's kick off will be 1 pm.
The matches will be webcast live on a pay per view basis on www.Canadawest.TV.
The McDonald's/TRU Bookstore "Leader of the Pack" player of the match was: Gammie. This was Kamloops Youth Soccer Association night. The WolfPack stayed to sign autographs afterwards.