Bekkering and company dominate in home opener

Nathan Weissbock, Contributor Ω

Bronwyn Crawford (18) chases down a ball in Saturday's matchup against the Capilano University Blues. Crawford scored a goal in the match as the WolfPack secured the 2-1 victory. Nathan Weissbock/The Omega

Bronwyn Crawford (18) chases down a ball in Saturday’s matchup against the Capilano University Blues. Crawford scored a goal in the match as the WolfPack secured the 2-1 victory. Nathan Weissbock/The Omega

It’s not how you start a game, it is how you finish it, and the WolfPack women finished their home-opener with a victory against the Capilano University Blues.

Though the women were down by one goal for nearly the full first half, Bronwyn Crawford managed to slip in a beautiful cross-field header, assisted by Alanna Bekkering, in the 45th minute to tie things up.

The ’Pack didn’t stop there, scoring yet another goal shortly after the half, when a corner kick was punted by Bekkering, allowing Jaydene Radu to hammer in another goal and give TRU the lead.

With this last goal putting them ahead of the Blues, the WolfPack went to the last whistle of the game protecting its 2-1 lead, despite the all-out offence of the Blues.

“Alanna Bekkering was outstanding today,” said head coach Tom McManus after the match. “She was constantly going after the ball and just doing a great job for us.”

Other players were quick to praise Bekkering’s game as well, focusing on her on-field effort and teamwork.

“I’ve played with Alanna since I was ten years old, so we have always had this connection where we will make eye contact on the field and she will just put the ball right where I want her to,” teammate Bronwyn Crawford said.

Bekkering scored two goals against the Vancouver Island Mariners on Sunday, leading the ’Pack to a 3-1 victory. Kelsey Martin also had a goal.

The WolfPack will head out on the road for three weeks, playing their next game at Hillside Stadium Oct. 5 against the UBCO Heat.