It was rainy, hard-fought battle on the pitch, as the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves and Mount Royal Cougars played to a 0-0 draw in Prince George, on Sunday, September 22.
In the 23rd minute, Wild had a great opportunity to put the home side ahead, firing from 10 yards out, but Greenley was able to pop it just over the crossbar and out of play.
The Cougars were held predominantly to the outside, but were able to test keeper Madi Doyle with shots from Hannah Park, Janai Martens, and Kaitlyn Clarke all on target. At halftime, Mount Royal held a 7-6 shot advantage.
In the second half, the visitors did well to hem the Timberwolves into their own third for long stretches. The conditions didn’t lend themselves to connected, smooth football, and the TWolves found themselves on their heels.
“I like the compete we showed today, keeping the ball in their half,” said MRU’s Quinn Hardstaff. “That’s the key going forward. Not give any time and space, and take any chance we can get to go forward and get some goals.”
“Props to them. The entire second half, we were under pressure,” commented UNBC’s Kiana Swift. “They made it very difficult for us to play out of that. We tried going over top, and we tried going around. They messed with how we play.”
“UBCO plays similarly to us, so that will be a challenge, and TRU plays very aggressively,” said Swift, postgame. “We just need to make sure we are sticking to our tactics. That is when we get the results we want.”