WSOC: Timberwolves at UBCO/TRU Preview

September 5, 2018

September 8th, 2018
Canada West Women’s Soccer Preview
UNBC @ UBC Okanagan
1 PM

UNBC Timberwolves (3-7-4 last season)
6th in Pacific Division Standings
9 Goals For
21 Goals Against
(Returning) Goals Leader: Madison Emmond, Paige Payne: 1 Goal
(Returning) Assists Leader: Paige Payne: 1 Assist
(Returning) Points Leader: Paige Payne: 2 Points
(Returning) Saves Leader: Brooke Molby: 51 Saves

Player to Watch:
Brooke Molby, GK
Heading into her second season with the Timberwolves, Molby will look to continue to provide a calm and collected presence on the back end. Standing five-foot-nine and possessing excellent athleticism, the Squamish native had two shutouts in the 2017 campaign.


UBCO Heat (2-9-3 last season)
8th in Pacific Division Standings
7 Goals For
25 Goals Against
(Returning) Goals Leader: Kylee Walker: 2 Goals
(Returning) Assists Leader: Candelario, Cooper, Walker: 1 Assist
(Returning) Points Leader: Kylee Walker: 3 Points
(Returning) Saves Leader: Francesca Balletta: 59 Saves

Player to Watch:
Francesca Balletta, GK
A five-foot-eight keeper, Balletta has proven to be a steadying force for the Heat over her two seasons starting between the pipes. Coming off a 59 save season, the Burnaby product posted a clean sheet against the Timberwolves in a scoreless draw to conclude the 2017 regular season.

September 9th, 2018
Canada West Women’s Soccer
UNBC @ Thompson Rivers
1 PM

UNBC Timberwolves (3-7-4 last season)
6th in Pacific Division Standings
9 Goals For
21 Goals Against
(Returning) Goals Leader: Madison Emmond, Paige Payne: 1 Goal
(Returning) Assists Leader: Paige Payne: 1 Assist
(Returning) Points Leader: Paige Payne: 2 Points
(Returning) Saves Leader: Brooke Molby: 51 Saves

Player to Watch:
Sofia Jones, F
Fleet-footed and with dynamic offensive potential, the sky appears to be the limit for Jones in her first season with the Timberwolves. A transfer from the collegiate level in San Francisco, the diminutive speedster will look to provide creativity, while applying pressure to the Wolfpack defenders.


TRU Wolfpack (3-9-2 last season)
7th in Pacific Division Standings
9 Goals For
41 Goals Against
(Returning) Goals Leader: Marisa Medonca: 5 Goals
(Returning) Assists Leader: Camryn Curtis: 2 Assists
(Returning) Points Leader: Marisa Medonca: 5 Points
(Returning) Saves Leader: Danielle Robertson: 99 Saves

Player to Watch:
Marisa Medonca, M
A midfielder heading into her fourth Canada West season, Medonca was responsible for more than half of the Wolfpack’s goals in 2017. A native of Penticton, Medonca will surely be a focus for the Timberwolves backline, along with TRU veteran Camryn Curtis.


Quotes:
UNBC’s Ashley Volk

“We’ve been training since the end of July, and I think we are all ready to go. We have had a lot of games this preseason, which is fortunate. We need to play our game, first and foremost. It’s important to keep calm, even though it is the first game of the season.”


“UBCO plays a very similar game to us. They will try to keep control of the play, just like we do. They have a lot of technical players, so we will have to use our tactics and press in order to play around them and through them.”
“TRU plays more direct, so we will look to keep the ball, and play around. Hopefully, that results in a good finish against them.”

“I think it is super important to start the season off on a positive note. It would be great to have a good outcome in both these games, so we can progress through the season and feel confident in our playing style and our ability. Just build on what we started last year.”