For the second year in a row, the TRU WolfPack women’s soccer team has finished fourth at the CCAA national tournament.
Playing in 80 km-h winds with a wind chill of minus-5, the WolfPack was beaten 1-0 by the Edmonton-NAIT Ooks, the Alberta College Athletic Conference champions, in the third-place game at Cornwall, P.E.I., on Saturday.
The Ooks went into the tournament as the No. 2 seed; the WolfPack was No. 3.
The game’s lone goal came at the eight-minute mark when Leanne Kadatz, a CCAA All-Canadian, beat WolfPack goalkeeper Emily Edmundson with a low shot.
It was important to get an early goal, Kadatz said.
“We’re always trying to be first on the board, so we held our composure and kept the lead,” she said.
The WolfPack had a number of chances, especially in the second half but couldn’t beat NAIT keeper Charlotte Lendzion, a freshman from Spruce Grove, Alta., who was named the Ooks’ player of the match.
WolfPack defender Blair MacKay, one of three fifth-year players who concluded their TRU careers, was her side’s player of the match.
“It’s disappointing,” WolfPack head coach Tom McManus said of the result. “You come to a match like this and you are playing so well, then you have to play in a stupid wind like this. The ball was out of bounds more than it was in play.”
TRU’s Kelsey Martin, a freshman forward from Kamloops, was named to the all-tournament team. For the second year in a row, the WolfPack was awarded the Fair Play Trophy.
The McAuley sisters, Chloe and Abbey, also completed their WolfPack careers. They are from Langley.
“To be honest,” McManus said, “I wanted to win today for the three of them. Blair was outstanding again. Abbey picked up her play and Chloe was whipping down the wing, especially in the first half. Those three will really be missed.”
In the championship game, Indiennes d’Ahuntsic of Montreal beat the Edmonton-Concordia Thunder, 2-0. The Indiennes, who play in the RSEQ, were in the tournament as a wildcard entry.
As for the rest of TRU’s weekend, it went like this . . .
MEN’S VOLLEYBALL: The WolfPack was beaten 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-18) by the Trinity Western Spartans at the Langley Events Centre on Saturday night.
The Spartans are 5-1, while the WolfPack slipped to 3-3.
“Trinity played a sharper set and set the tone early,” TRU head coach Pat Hennelly stated. “Hardy Wooldridge and Jesse Bazergui played well, but a combination of TWU tough serves and our average passing made for a quick night.”
Wooldridge had 10 kills and Bazergui six for TRU, which got 17 assists from Graham Stoliker and nine digs from Blake Majcher.
TRU, which has played five straight road games, returns home to face the Alberta Golden Bears on Friday. Game time at the TCC is 7:45 p.m.
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: The TRU women’s volleyball team also lost in three sets (25-9, 25-7, 25-11) to host Trinity Western on Saturday.
The WolfPack is winless in six straight starts.
Carly Nelson had four kills and two digs for TRU, while Kristen Giesbrecht had a match-high 13 digs to go along with three kills and four digs. Katie Woo had 13 assists.
The WolfPack is up against the visiting Alberta Pandas on Friday, 6 p.m.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The UBC Thunderbirds snuck past the visiting WolfPack 72-70 on Saturday night.
The Thunderbirds, who led 36-33 at the half, are 4-0, while TRU now is 2-2.
Diane Schuetze had her fourth straight double-double, with 19 points and 15 rebounds.
The WolfPack now is off to Calgary to meet the Mount Royal University Cougars this weekend.
MEN’S BASKETBALL: The UBC Thunderbirds built up a 49-23 half-time lead and went on to a 97-63 victory over the visiting WolfPack (1-3) on Saturday night.
UBC (4-0) actually outscored the WolfPack 23-1 in the first quarter as it set a record for its best-ever defensive quarter.
“We were out-muscled,” offered TRU head coach Scott Clark.
The WolfPack was without DJ Oates and Ivan Bozinovic, both of whom are hurt, while Blaz Bozinovic foulded out.
The Thunderbirds led 49-23 at the half.
Geoff Pippus and Doug Plumb each had 16 points for the No. 2-ranked Thunderbirds. Guard Troy Grant led TRU with 14 points and Kevin Pribilsky, another guard, added 10. Forward Will Ondrik had 10 rebounds, seven on defence.
The WolfPack is in Calgary to face the Mount Royal Cougars this weekend.
— Compiled from CCAA and TRU news releases.