WSOC: Timberwolves vs Manitoba Playoff Preview

October 24, 2018

Canada West Women’s Soccer Playoff Preview
UNBC vs Manitoba (at UBC)
October 26th, 2018 @ 6 PM
*Winner plays UBC Sunday at 12 PM


UNBC Timberwolves (3-8-3)
6th in Pacific Division Standings
19 Goals For
31 Goals Against
Goals Leader: Paige Payne: 8 Goals
Assists Leader: Madison Emmond, Paige Payne: 4 Assists
Points Leader: Paige Payne: 12 Points
Saves Leader: Brooke Molby: 46 Saves

Player to Watch:
Paige Payne, F
With eight goals and four assists, Payne set the UNBC record for points in a single season with 12. The third-year forward from Kitimat will attract plenty of attention from the Bison defenders, but look for her speed and chemistry with Sofia Jones to make an impact on the playoff matchup.


Manitoba Bisons (6-5-3)
3rd in Prairie Division Standings
15 Goals For
15 Goals Against
Goals Leader: Bruna Mavignier: 5 Goals
Assists Leader: Amanda Wong: 3 Assists
Points Leader: Bruna Mavignier: 6 Points
Saves Leader: Madison Wilford: 50 Saves

Player to Watch:
Bruna Mavignier, F
A fifth-year from Brazil, the ultra-athletic Mavignier has put together a tremendous Manitoba career. Leading the team in goals with five, the five-foot-four forward also has seasons with eight and six goals under her belt. Expect Neil Sedgwick’s TWolves to be well aware of Mavignier’s status at all times.

Quotes:
UNBC’s Jenna Wild


On qualifying for playoffs on the final weekend of the season…
“This past weekend was really exciting, to come up with six points. Going forward, we are really excited to be able to play again with Maddie (Emmond) and Kylie (Erb), so we are looking forward to this weekend.”

On the matchup with the Bisons…
“Manitoba is ranked number three in the Prairie Division, so we know they have had a good season and they have had some really good results. Although we are coming in as number six, if we play the way we can and stick to our style, we are able to compete with these higher ranked teams.”


On the TWolves’ mindset heading into the game…
“We have talked a lot over the season about coming in and setting a competitive standard. Sticking to possession, having a strong start, and playing with a competitive edge. I think we will find some success.”