Blair MacKay is a wily veteran when it comes to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association women's soccer championship.
But it would mean so much more if she had one more chance to get back to the CCAA championship this year.
MacKay, 22, is getting ready for her final two home games with the TRU WolfPack. TRU is to play host to Pacific Western Athletic Association matches against the Capilano Blues on Saturday, 1 p.m., and the Vancouver Island Mariners on Sunday, noon, at Hillside Stadium.
The WolfPack (8-2-2) already has clinched a playoff spot, and will be one of the top two seeds at the provincial tournament in Squamish on Oct. 26-27. The conference champion will represent B.C. at the CCAA championship in Charlottetown from Nov. 7-10.
MacKay, a South Kamloops grad, is in her fifth season with the WolfPack, and knows a thing or two about the CCAA tournament.
In 2008, her first season, the WolfPack was the host team and finished second. Last season, TRU won the B.C. title and wound up fourth in Canada.
With all of this CCAA experience under her belt, you might think MacKay would have a cavalier attitude about getting back to the championship.
No way, she says.
"This means everything - I really, really want to go to nationals," says MacKay, a defender. "It's my last year and going to P.E.I. would be great, especially with two of my best friends, Alanna (Bekkering) and Bronwyn (Crawford). I've played with them since I was young."
MacKay is one of three graduating players - sisters Abbey and Chloe McAuley, midfielders from Langley, are the others.
For much of five years, MacKay has been a quiet leader on the back line, using aggressive play to lead the WolfPack defence. Last season, despite a broken nose that limited her to seven games, MacKay was a provincial first-team all-star.
She also has been a provincial second-team all-star and a CCAA Academic All-Canadian twice.
And although she isn't the most vocal player on the WolfPack roster, MacKay knows when to speak up, according to head coach Tom McManus.
"It's funny - she can be vocal at times, but she's not the loudest person on the field," McManus says. "Sometimes she just snaps at somebody and lets them know that they need to get it done - then they do it.
"She's a great leader."
Earlier this season, MacKay was named the conference player of the week after helping the WolfPack to victories on Sept. 22 and 23. She has scored two goals.
And she's healthy, which wasn't the case in 2011.
MacKay broke her nose in the WolfPack's seventh match last season, forcing her out of the final four regular-season games, the playoffs and nationals.
"I was just as happy to see us win," MacKay says. "I definitely felt part of it, even though I wasn't playing."
Missing out might be the only thing that could be considered a bad memory MacKay has of her five years on the pitch.
"Nationals my first year and then last year - those were the two highlights," says MacKay, who will graduate from the nursing program in April. "It's been so much fun."
McManus has fine memories of MacKay - he is in his fourth season as head coach, and helped out Eric Schweizer prior to that - and will be sad to see her go.
"We're really going to miss her," he says.
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The WolfPack men's soccer team doesn't have any players set to graduate, but it's still an important weekend.
TRU's playoff hopes are on the line in a pair of weekend home games. The WolfPack will play host to Capilano on Saturday, 3 p.m., and Vancouver Island on Sunday at 2 p.m. Both games are at Hillside Stadium.
The WolfPack (6-4-2) is third in the conference, which will send four teams to the playoffs. TRU is one point ahead of the Kwantlen Eagles (5-3-4) and Langara Falcons (6-5-1), who will play each other in Vancouver on Saturday.
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Sport lovers might want to plan on spending some time around TRU and the Tournament Capital Centre on the weekend.
Along with the four home soccer games, WolfPack teams will be home to the first tournament of the Pacific Western badminton season and a lot of exhibition basketball.
The WolfPack badminton team, with new coaches Alex and Ross Perkin, who replaced the retired Brad Pape in the offseason, will play host to a tournament on Friday and Saturday at TRU Gym.
TRU's women's basketball team will play host to a four-team tournament at the TCC.
Along with TRU, the Victoria Vikes, Saskatchewan Huskies and Grant MacEwan Griffins will attend.
The WolfPack will play MacEwan on Friday, 4 p.m., the Huskies on Saturday, 6 p.m., and the Vikes on Sunday at 11 a.m.
While all of this is going on, the WolfPack men's basketball team also will be playing home games on Friday and Saturday.
TRU will welcome the York Yeomen on Friday, 6 p.m., and the Montana State Northern Sky Lights on Saturday at 4 p.m. Both games will be played at the TCC.
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For something completely different, the WolfPack volleyball teams won't be playing at home.
TRU's women are off to Langley for the Best of the West preseason tournament on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. TRU will play the host Trinity Western Spartans on Friday, before playing the UBC Thunderbirds, UBC-Okanagan Heat and Regina Cougars over the next two days.
The WolfPack men, meanwhile, will be taking part in Thunderball, a tournament at UBC. TRU will open against the Manitoba Bisons on Friday. The tournament also features the host Thunderbirds and Guelph Gryphons.
This will be the final weekend of exhibition play for the volleyballers - both teams are set to open the Canada West season on Oct. 26 against the visiting Heat.
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It will be a meeting of undefeated B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League teams when the WolfPack plays the Selkirk Saints in Castlegar on Friday and Saturday.
The WolfPack is 2-0 on the season, while Selkirk has won all three of its contests. Selkirk, which struggled last season, has 22 new players and a new coach, and is primed for a run at the BCIHL title.