WSOC: Regina/Saskatchewan at Timberwolves Preview

September 12, 2018

Canada West Women’s Soccer Preview
Regina @ UNBC
September 14th, 2018
6 PM PT


UNBC Timberwolves (0-1-1)
7th in Pacific Division Standings
3 Goals For
5 Goals Against
Goals Leader: Paige Payne: 2 Goals
Assists Leader: Madison Emmond: 1 Assist
Points Leader: Paige Payne: 2 Points
Saves Leader: Madi Doyle, Brooke Molby: 2 Saves

Player to Watch:
Paige Payne, F
The third-year was a Payne in the opposition’s rear end on Canada West opening weekend, scoring twice against UBCO, and registering five shots the next day against TRU. Using speed and a tremendous work rate, expect the Kitimat product to be a focal point for the Timberwolves attack.

Regina Cougars (1-1-0)
5th in Prairie Division Standings
3 Goals For
3 Goals Against
Goals Leader: Kyra Vibert: 2 Goals
Assists Leader: Grace Miller, Brigit Sinaga: 1 Assist
Points Leader: Kyra Vibert: 2 Points
Saves Leader: Kylie Bolton: 5 Saves

Player to Watch:
Brianna Wright, F
Though pointless through two games this year, Wright led all Cougars in points in 2017. The five-foot-five forward uses her speed and IQ to drive the play for Regina, and will be a focus for the Timberwolves backline.

Canada West Women’s Soccer Preview
Saskatchewan @ UNBC
September 16th, 2018
11 AM PT


UNBC Timberwolves (0-1-1)
7th in Pacific Division Standings
3 Goals For
5 Goals Against
Goals Leader: Paige Payne: 2 Goals
Assists Leader: Madison Emmond: 1 Assist
Points Leader: Paige Payne: 2 Points
Saves Leader: Madi Doyle, Brooke Molby: 2 Saves

Player to Watch:
Mara McCleary, D
Playing in her third season with the Timberwolves, McCleary has played every second of every game in her UNBC career. One of the premiere defenders in Canada West, the native of Victoria is a physical presence and a vocal leader for the TWolves.

Saskatchewan Huskies (0-0-2)
6th in Prairie Division Standings
3 Goals For
3 Goals Against
Goals Leader: Gabruch, Gannitsos-Clark, Hayward: 1 Goal
Assists Leader: Bowles, Zdunich-Costa: 1 Assist
Points Leader: Bowles, Zdunich-Costa, Gabruch, Gannitsos-Clark, Hayward: 1 Point
Saves Leader: Jadyn Steinhauer: 11 Saves

Player to Watch:
Taneil Gay, M
With nine points in 2017, Gay is the top scorer returning to the Huskies lineup. Just five-foot-three, the third-year midfielder is dynamic offensively, and works well with fellow midfielder Megan Ripplinger to create offense for Saskatchewan.

Quotes:
UNBC’s Mikaela Cadorette


On the mindset of the Timberwolves coming into the weekend games…
“I think we are feeling really confident. We came out of the weekend not with the two W’s that we wanted, but knowing  we succeeded in getting a lot of little things done. Possession, winning balls in the air, and being there as a team for one another.”

On finding more and more success using coach Neil Sedgwick’s strategy…
“We are sticking to what Neil is implementing in practice, and we are putting what we practice into play. We are keeping possession, we are trying to work the ball around and open up spaces, rather than a direct kick and run game. We are keeping the ball, playing through, getting platforms, and progressing through each stage of the field.”


On playing the home opener at Masich Place Stadium…
“We are really looking forward to playing at the stadium.   The men played there three times last week, and we haven’t had that chance. We want to come out with a bang. We are hoping there are lots of fans out, rooting us on.”