Twelve victories, two draws, zero losses.
With a victory over the Langara College Falcons (6-5-3) on Sunday, the TRU WolfPack women's soccer team managed to do something that no other team has done in the school's history - close out the regular season undefeated.
"I think it's fantastic," head coach Tom McManus said Sunday, following his team's 3-0 defeat of the Falcons. "It was one of my personal goals and I never said it to any of the players but partway through the season they set their goals and that was one of their goals too, to go undefeated, so I'm very proud of them."
The women entered yesterday's match on a three-game winning streak and with the Pacific Western Athletic Association's top spot already secured. The shutout victory over the Falcons improved TRU's season point total to 38 of a possible 42. The association's second place team, the Quest University Kermodes, finished the season with a 9-4-1 record - 10 points behind the WolfPack.
"I knew it was going to be a goal that I could set for myself to push, I didn't want to put it on the players' backs because I knew it would be too much pressure," McManus said, when asked if he thought an undefeated season was a realistic goal in the summer. "There's quality teams out there such as Langara, UBC-O, Quest is a great team, so I knew it was going to be tough all season long but it was my goal, it was a silent goal."
McManus has led the women's program to the playoffs in each of his five seasons as head coach, three times as the postseason's top seed. In 63 regular season games at the team's helm, McManus is 36-13-14 (0.571 winning percentage). The 2013 WolfPack has secured more points than any of McManus's previous clubs and has been one of the most dominant - Sunday was the team's fifth shutout of the season and the seventh match in which it scored three or more goals.
"The chemistry from Day 1 when they came in, I mean we had a lot of recruits and rookies come in, and everyone's just taken them all in," McManus said. "They even got into the habit of having the Friday night potluck dinner at someone's house where they just bonded together. It's a great season for them."
The provincial championship will take place at Nanaimo's Vancouver Island University on the weekend. The WolfPack has won the gold medal at the past two provincials and advanced to the national championship, where it finished fourth both years.
Sunday's match also acted as a preview of the WolfPack's first-round playoff test as it will again face the Falcons on Saturday. In its two regular-season matches against the Falcons, the WolfPack earned a 1-1 draw and a 3-0 victory.
"Langara's a team that gives you full, high pressure," McManus said, looking ahead to next weekend's match. "Every time one of our players got the ball they go two to three players at a time at them. So what we'll do is just move the ball quickly and we'll be working on that all week long."
Jaydene Radu, Courtney Daly and Alanna Bekkering scored for the WolfPack on Sunday, and Emily Edmundson posted the shutout. Bekkering finished the season with a conference-best 13 goals in 14 games.
The WolfPack defeated the Kermodes 1-0 on Saturday, with Bekkering scoring the goal and Edmundson backstopping the victory.
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he WolfPack men's soccer team picked up a 4-0 victory against the Kermodes on Saturday and played to a 0-0 draw against the Falcons on Sunday, capturing the top seed in the conference.
TRU (10-2-2) will face the fourth-seed Vancouver Island Mariners (6-5-3) on Saturday in the provincial semifinal. The Mariners are the host team for provincials, but TRU won both regular-season games against VIU.
Travis Froehlich posted the shutout in both games, giving him four straight, and Justin Wallace, with two, Corey Wallis and Oriol Torres scored the goals Saturday. Wallace ended with 12 goals, best in the conference.
Last season the men picked up the bronze medal at the provincial championship.
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he WolfPack cross-country team raced in the Reino Kelski-Salmi Memorial cross-country run in Salmon Arm on the weekend.
Alesha Miller finished the 8.5-kilometre race in fourth place with a time of 40 minutes 40 seconds and was followed by Melissa Ryeo (8th), Rolena Debruyn (9th), Christa Miller (15th), Tiffany Adams (16th), Kendra Schmidt (21st), Lynsie Schmidt (31st), Chantelle Forseille (34th), Jacky Hiscoe (43rd), Alannah Stewart (43rd) and Jennifer Revel (55th).
Connor McKay was the top male WolfPack finisher, finishing fourth overall with a time of 33:27. Ryan Pidhirniak (8th), Conlan Sprickerhoff (12th), Sunny Dulay (25th) and Corey Roberts-Reynolds (26th) also raced.
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he men's hockey team had a tough time in Castlegar on the weekend, falling 8-2 and 5-1 to the defending-champion Selkirk Saints (4-0).
The WolfPack (2-4) will play host to the Saints on Friday, 8:30 p.m., at Memorial Arena.
Tyler Berkholtz scored for the WolfPack on Saturday, after Brandon Watson and Sean Maktaak scored on Friday. Ryan Cuthbert had two assists Friday.
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a'Quan Zimmerman led the WolfPack's men's basketball team with 20 points as it defeated the Vancouver Island University Mariners 85-56 in an exhibition game at the Tournament Capital Centre on Saturday.
The men will play host to UBC-Okanagan, Evergreen State University and Northwest University (both of Washington state) in an exhibition tournament on the weekend.
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he WolfPack women's basketball team closed out their exhibition season with a loss on Saturday, falling 72-62 to the Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks.
Sarah Malate led the WolfPack with 17 points, with Taiysa Worsfold scoring 16 and Kassie Colonna and Jorri Duxbury each scoring 14.
TRU will open the regular season Nov. 1 against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, 6 p.m., at the Tournament Capital Centre.