Women’s soccer team wraps up weekend with a draw

The Wolfpack women’s soccer team battled hard against rivals UBCO Heat

With her first career Canada West goal, TRU’s Maria Iannone was able to help the Wolfpack women’s soccer team score their first point of the 2021 season, with a 1-1 draw against the UBC Okanagan Heat on Sept. 18.

The WolfPack carried play for a majority of the game, outshooting UBCO by a tally of 12-3.

“I thought we were good value on the day. In the opening ten minutes, we struggled, maybe just due to nerves but once we got going, I thought we controlled a majority of the game,” said WolfPack head coach Mark Pennington. “I think we out-chanced them and with a little bit better finishing at times we could have had a couple more.”

Despite controlling the game, TRU was unable to find the breakthrough goal until Iannone’s tally in the 70th minute of play.

Second-year midfielder Rylee Mugridge caused a turnover in the middle of the field before Sydney Sunderland played a perfectly weighted ball into the path of a rushing Iannone, who made no mistake to find the back of the net for the WolfPack’s first goal of the season.

“We talk about trying to control their play out of the back and Muggsy got stuck in with a good tackle,” said Pennington. “The ball went into our target player Gammie, then over to Syd and Syd played a great pass in behind the defence – and that’s what she does, Syd has the ability to see those passes – then Maria is a player who has been waiting for her chance and got her opportunity and really made it count, so I’m happy for her and I think that’s the first goal of many for her.”

The Wolfpack were not able to hold the lead as UBCO’s Holly Mullins was able to tuck in a shot on net 10 minutes later to bring the match to a tie.

The result runs the WolfPack’s record to 0-2-1 on the season.