The University of Northern British Columbia Women’s Soccer team got out to an early lead, and carried it the rest of the way, topping the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack 1-0, Thursday, September 5th in Prince George, B.C.
Just five minutes later, UNBC’s Mikaela Cadorette played the ball to the top of the box, where Sofia Jones deftly fed Payne in space. She wouldn’t be denied a second time, beating Robertson top corner, for her first of the season, making it a 1-nil game.
“We knew they were a physical team, so we wanted to play direct and see where it would get us,” said Payne. “It ended up working out. We have a lot of speedy strikers up front, and a lot of players who can hit those long balls. We were able to keep possession, and the team effort came together really well.”
“Every day at training, we test ourselves and we push eachother. Whether it’s a foul in practice, or not, we get up and push eachother. That helped us today. We needed to bring our game and get on the ball, and prove we could stay on the ball.”
The WolfPack’s best chance would come in the 90th minute, after a turnover in the UNBC third. It landed on the foot of the player TRU would prefer get such an opportunity, with Gammie getting a crack from the top of the box, but Brooke Molby was there to go to ground and make the save.
“We were excited to come in and play these guys,” said Robertson. “We have to play them twice, so we will be definitely looking for points and results next time. It gives us something to work towards.”
With the victory, UNBC improves to 1-0-0, while the Pack fall to 0-1-0. TRU now hits the road for Calgary where they’ll play the Dinos on Saturday.
UNBC will play host to the UBC Okanagan Heat on Saturday, as part of the Party in. the Park festivities at Masich Place. They hope to see a crowd even bigger than the 800 in attendance on Thursday afternoon.