WolfPack Bites – Oct. 7

The WolfPack women’s soccer team managed a win and a tie on the weekend, versus the UBC-Okanagan Heat.

In their Oct. 5 match the women, who were ranked second in the nation heading into this week’s action, defeated the Heat 5-2 at Hillside Stadium. In their first home game in a month, Alanna Bekkering, Marlie Rittinger, Jaydene Radu, with two, and Kelsey Martin, with two, had the goals for the ‘Pack. Emily Edmundson went the distance in goal.

On Oct. 6, TRU played to a 1-1 draw against the same Heat, this time in Kelowna. Marlie Rittinger netted her second of the weekend but the WolfPack was unable to score another to take the lead.

The women will be home to the Douglas College Royals and the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Eagles on the weekend of Oct. 12.

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The men’s soccer team, which again grabbed the second seed in the national rankings after defeating the Vancouver Island Mariners last week, also defeated UBC-Okanagan on Saturday Oct. 5, 4-2, at Hilliside Stadium.

Dion Gouldsborough led the men with two goals and Corey Wallis and Justin Wallace also scored.

Oct. 5 also marked the return to action for fifth year Sebastian Gardner, who missed the start of the season after undergoing chemotherapy to treat Hodgkins lymphoma for the second time.

The WolfPack was hit with its second loss of the season on Oct. 6 in a close match, falling 3-2 to the Heat; Justin Wallace had both of the WolfPack’s goals.

The men will face off against the Douglas College Royals and the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Eagles on the weekend.

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On Oct. 1, Josh MacDonald was named the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League’s player of the week for the week ending Sept. 29.

MacDonald, 23, scored six goals for the WolfPack (2-1-0-0) in the team’s opening weekend against the Trinity Western University Spartans and added two assists on Oct. 4 during the WolfPack’s home-opener, also against Trinity Western.

Despite strong play from MacDonald and two goals from forward Duncan Schulz, the ’Pack fell 4-3 to the Spartans. MacDonald and Schulz lead the BCIHL in scoring, MacDonald in first with eight points and Schulz in second with six, with MacDonald leading the league in goals as well.

The men will head to Burnaby’s Bill Copeland Sports Centre on Saturday to face the Simon Fraser University Clan.

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The WolfPack women’s volleyball team faced some of the best teams in the Canada West University Athletic Association in Langley this weekend and came home with four losses.

The ’Pack took part in the “Best in the West” tournament to wrap up its preseason, but lost all four matches.

TRU faced the University of Alberta and the University of Regina on Oct. 4 and fell in straight sets to both (25-14, 25-25, 25-23 against the U of A and 25-18, 25-17, 25-16 against the U of R).

The women didn’t fare much better on Oct. 5, losing 3-0 to both the tournament host Trinity Western University Spartans and the Mount Royal University Cougars (25-19, 25-12, 25-12 against TWU and 25-19, 25-14, 25-20 against Mount Royal).

The women’s volleyball team has not won a match since Sept. 23, 2012, an exhibition match against the University of Regina. Its last regular season victory came against UBC-Okanagan on Feb. 10, 2012.

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Blake Majcher of the WolfPack men's volleyball team makes a pass in Thursday's match against the Trinity Western University Spartans. Photo by Andrew Snucins.

Blake Majcher of the WolfPack men’s volleyball team makes a pass in Thursday’s match against the Trinity Western University Spartans. Photo by Andrew Snucins.

Head coach Pat Hennelly and the men’s volleyball team are 2-2-1 on the season, following losses on Oct. 3 and 4 to the Trinity Western University Spartans.

The Spartans defeated the WolfPack 21-25, 25-23, 25-19 and 26-24 on Oct. 4 and followed up with a three set shut out on Saturday (25-23, 25-20, 25-21).

“We were playing catch up for a large percentage of the night,” Hennelly said in a press release, following Friday’s match. “I think it’s tough to be behind against a team which runs good systems and doesn’t give you a lot of points. I said to my guys that we were working so hard for our points and giving up too many easy ones.”

The men will play host to a tournament at the Tournament Capital Centre on the weekend, facing off against the Guelph Gryphons, the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds and the UBC-Okanagan Heat. Round-robin play begins on Thursday.

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The WolfPack men’s baseball team picked up a win and a loss in Kelowna on the weekend, falling 4-0 on Friday against Okanagan College but winning 2-1 in extra innings against the Okanagan Athletics of the Pacific Baseball League.

“We just couldn’t make an adjustment all day long,” head coach Ray Chadwick said in a press release. “We were out front a lot — roll-over ground balls and weak pop-ups.  It wasn’t good today.”

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The women’s basketball team had a tough weekend in Ontario, losing three matches to teams from Ontario University Athletics.

The WolfPack were defeated 65-55 on Oct. 4 in a match against the Wilfred Laurier Goldenhawks. Though they led the Goldenhawks 30-24 at the half, TRU was outscored 42-25 in the second session.

On Oct. 5, a close match against the Western Mustangs ended in disappointment for the WolfPack as they fell 63-60.

“We were down as much as 11 with three or four minutes to go,” head coach Scott Reeves said in a press release. “But we had a chance to tie it at the end.”

The WolfPack fared much the same on Sunday, as they fell to the Brock Badgers. The game, which ended 84-60, was the team’s final match in Ontario.