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WolfPack women's soccer coughs up late lead in opening-season loss

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Abbie Simms sends the ball during this afternoon's game against the MacEwan University Griffins. (via Andrew Snucins)

Despite the shot total favouring the visiting MacEwan University Griffins, after 85 minutes the TRU WolfPack were in a prime position to leave their season opener with at least a single point. 

And then, just like that, their 1-0 lead evaporated and they left Hillside Stadium with nothing to show for a hard-fought afternoon.

First Meghan Oram struck for MacEwan to even the game in the 86th minute. Then barely two minutes after that, Sarah Riddle scored to give the Griffins a 2-1 lead and the three-point win.

"We will see what they (the players) learned about themselves," said head coach Kelly Shantz, according to TRU's sports information department. "That is the most important thing coming out of this. We cobbled together a lead that we didn’t deserve. In the end, justice was served. But also this team has the chance to learn that you can take a lead and not let it slip away."

MacEwan had 10 shots on goal to TRU's three. They also had eight corner kicks to the WolfPack's two.

However, it was TRU who took advantage of the set piece early, with Kelsey Thorkelsson opening the scoring in the 14th minute by heading in a Marisa Mendonca corner kick.

Danielle Robertson had a busy day in net for the WolfPack, registering seven saves.

“I am proud with the way we came out in the first half," said WolfPack defender Cassie Morris in the release. "We came out strong. We ran out of gas in the second half. Danielle Robertson played amazing in the net. She saved our butt."

The women are back at it tomorrow (Sept. 9), welcoming the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves to Hillside Stadium at 1 p.m.




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