UNBC women blanked in final games

The UNBC women's soccer squad wrapped up its Canada West season on a losing note on the weekend.

The Timberwolves were blanked 2-0 by UBC Okanagan Friday in Kelowna and suffered another 2-0 shutout at the hands of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack Sunday in Kamloops.

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After a scoreless first half, TRU got on the board in the 73rd minute on a high shot from Taylor Miller from the 30-yard box that UNBC keeper Jordan Hall couldn't handle.

The WolfPack added to their lead in injury time after Pia Pennekamp was hauled down in the box and got a penalty shot. She then fired the ball into the lower right portion of the net.

"We battled very well in both games," said UNBC head coach Andy Cameron. "They were tough losses. We made a couple of mistakes in the second half (against UBCO) that cost us and we were generating chances. On Sunday,

we had a lot of chances in the second half and they scored on a penalty in the 90th minute. That's an indication to me that we had good possession through the middle and created a lot of opportunities to score."

In 14 games this season, the Timberwolves posted a 1-10-3 record to finish last in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Canada West conference. In 2014, they were 1-9-2.

Their lone win this season came against the University of Regina on Oct. 18 and they recorded draws against UBCO (1-1), Lethbridge (1-1) and Calgary (0-0).

They scored five goals and allowed 34 goals against and averaged 7.5 shots per game.

Cameron said that while the record on paper may not appear very good, he did notice improvements in several areas.

"We competed at a much higher level with all the teams this year and the points don't reflect that," he said. "We competed very well. Our percentage of possession was better and our chances on goal increased, as did our corner kicks and set pieces. That was sort of the objective this season."

The team is taking a week off and will resume training indoors next week.

The team loses four seniors to graduation - defender Tanya Grob, midfielder Jo Ribeiro, striker Sidney Hall and her twin sister, goalkeeper Jordan.

See Wednesday's Citizen for a season wrap-up story on the UNBC men's soccer team.

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