A furious second-half rally and a fantastic overtime has kept the TRU WolfPack in the running for a second straight Pacific Western Athletic Association women's soccer title.
The WolfPack needed overtime to defeat the Langara Falcons 5-2 in a provincial semifinal in Squamish on Friday. The victory moves TRU into today's final against the UBC-Okanagan Heat, while the Falcons will play for third against the host Quest Kermodes.
The Heat beat the Kermodes 4-1 on Friday.
Things were looking pretty dire for the WolfPack at the half, as Langara had run out to a 2-0 lead. But TRU, which won the provincial title in Kelowna last season, didn't panic, and Laura Smylie and Marlie Rittinger scored in the final 45 minutes to force two 15-minute overtime periods.
Blair MacKay and Courtney Daly scored in the first period of overtime, and Daly sealed the victory with a goal in the second overtime period.
"We just had a really good team talk (at the half)," said WolfPack head coach Tom McManus. "We were down 2-0, but we were all over them. They scored on the two shots they had.
"I told them I was pleased with their play . . . and that I thought we were going to win. They went out and did it."
Emily Edmundson was the winning goalkeeper.
Today's final is a rematch of last season's provincial final, in which the WolfPack scored a 2-1 overtime victory over the Heat.
The WolfPack men's soccer team, meanwhile, will play the Vancouver Island Mariners in a provincial semifinal this morning in Squamish.
WolfPack co-head coach Sean Wallace admitted his team could be considered an underdog, especially with the Mariners having won back-to-back provincial titles and the CCAA championship last year.
The Mariners (8-1-5) finished second in the conference, only six points ahead of the WolfPack (7-4-3), which lost only one of its last eight matches. The first-place Douglas Royals (10-1-3) will play the fourth-ranked Kwantlen Eagles (6-3-5) in today's other semifinal.
The men's bronze-medal and championship games are scheduled for Sunday.
The CCAA championship is scheduled for Nov. 7-10 in Coquitlam. Because the Royals are playing host to the event, if Douglas makes the provincial final, the other finalist also will get a berth at nationals.
TRU will be missing defenders Cam Kamensek and Joe Rose, along with midfielder Colton Walker. Kamensek will sit out a one-game suspension for picking up a third yellow card last weekend, while Rose and Walker are nursing ankle injuries.