WSOC: Timberwolves at Victoria / UBC Preview

Men's Soccer
October 16, 2019

Canada West Women’s Soccer Preview
UNBC @ Victoria
October 18th, 2019 @ 5 PM

UNBC Timberwolves (3-5-4)
5th in Pacific Division Standings
11 Goals For
15 Goals Against
Goals Leader: Sofia Jones: 5 Goals
Assists Leader: Julia Babicz, Sofia Jones: 2 Assists
Points Leader: Sofia Jones: 7 Points
Saves Leader: Madi Doyle: 33 Saves


Player to watch: Mara McCleary, D
The fourth-year defender has been a powerful force on the Timberwolves backline all season long, and will look to make an impact against her hometown program. One of the best defenders in the conference, McCleary will have her hands full against a Vikes attack that is diverse and athletic.

Victoria Vikes (6-3-3)
4th in Pacific Division Standings
17 Goals For
11 Goals Against
Goals Leader: Trinity Kettyls: 4 Goals
Assists Leader: Brea Christie, Kiara Kilbey, Kyra Teetzen: 2 Assists
Points Leader: Kiara Kilbey: 5 Points
Saves Leader: Puck Louwes: 65 Saves


Player to watch: Kiara Kilbey, F
A 2018 Canada West 2nd Team All-Star, Kilbey is a leader for her a Victoria program she grew up watching. Currently pacing the Vikes in points, the fifth-year forward commands plenty of attention on the pitch, thanks to her abilities with the ball at her feet.

UNBC @ UBC
October 19th, 2019 @ 5 PM

UNBC Timberwolves (3-5-4)
5th in Pacific Division Standings
11 Goals For
15 Goals Against
Goals Leader: Sofia Jones: 5 Goals
Assists Leader: Julia Babicz, Sofia Jones: 2 Assists
Points Leader: Sofia Jones: 7 Points
Saves Leader: Madi Doyle: 33 Saves

Player to watch: Julia Babicz, D
Playing in her 68th game in a UNBC jersey, Babicz is set to pass Madison Emmond’s career record for games played. The fifth-year speedster has the tools to impact every game she plays, and will need to be a positive player against a Thunderbird side that is full of tremendous athletes.


UBC Thunderbirds (7-2-3)
3rd in Pacific Division Standings
18 Goals For
8 Goals Against
Goals Leader: Alyssa Hunt: 4 Goals
Assists Leader: Amelia Crawford: 3 Assists
Points Leader: Alyssa Hunt: 6 Points
Saves Leader: Emily Moore: 49 Saves

Player to watch: Danielle Steer, F
A Canada West 1st Team All-Star in 2018, Steer has game-changing abilities on the offensive end of the pitch. The second-year forward seems to find herself around the ball, and scored twice in UBC’s playoff victory over the TWolves last season. UNBC will need to control the Surrey product on Saturday. 


Quotes:
UNBC’s Kaya Oro Martin

On the matchup with the Vikes…
“I’m expecting UVIC to be a good battle and matchup for our team. They’re quick in transition, organized on the attack, and know how to put away chances. I think that our defensive organization will be able to deal with their attacking threats, but we will need to focus on creating our own chances up front if we want to win the game.”


On the matchup with the Thunderbirds…
“UBC consistently finishes at the top of the table and I expect them to be a tough, driven team. They definitely have some standout players who will need to be dealt with to keep us in the game.”

On mindset going into final regular season weekend…
“I think we’ve seen a lot of improvement this season, and this final weekend will be about playing at the level we’re capable of to prove to ourselves how far we’ve come and to honour everyone who has supported us. We’re all really excited about the opportunity to be able to compete against a couple of top level teams to finish off the regular season.”


On teammates who have played a role in her freshman season…
“I say this with absolute sincerity; all of my teammates have played a massive role in my development as a player this season. Someone who I really admire, as a player and person, is Mara McCleary. Her calmness and composure help keep us focused on the field, and that same energy is an appreciated grounding presence off the pitch.”