The 2017-18 Canada West women’s soccer season sees the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack undergoing another year of evolution. This is the first full season for the program under head coach Kelly Shantz.
The WolfPack will field one of the youngest teams in USport again this year. With no fifth years and only one fourth year—defender Christine Fergin of Waterloo, Ontario. The team will also have only two third year players :defender Natalie Verdeil (Powell River, BC) and midfielder Marisa Mendonca (Penticton, BC).
Keeper Deanna Brady (Richmond, BC) is into her second year of eligibility but has been with the program for three seasons. She had a strong final few weeks of the Canada West regular season in 2016-17 and is expected to make a strong case to be the starter this year.
The team has a strong sophomore class returningwhich includes midfielder Ava Simpson and her twin, striker Mia (both Delta, BC). There’s a big local flavor among the second year players. The list includes defender Cassie Morris, Midfielders Keenen Degen and Sasha Sirianni.
Unlike the previous year, Shantz had ample opportunity to go and recruit talent. The result is a number of top prospects have come in. They include Emily Mann (5’5”, midfield, Kamloops, BC-South Kamloops Secondary/KYSA U-18), Olivia Bates (5’5’, Centreback, Courtney, BC -G.P Vanier Secondary/Upper Island Riptide VIPL), Camryn Curts (5’6”,centremid, Courtenay, BC-Mark R. Isfeld Secondary/Upper Island Riptide VIPL), Abbie Simms (5’8”, forward, Comox, BC-Carihi Secondary/Upper Island Riptide, VIPL), Rylee Singleterry (5’7”, defender, Surrey, BC-Clayton Heights Secondary/TSS Black), Danielle Robertson (5’5” keeper, Courtenay, BC-Mark R. Isefeld Secondary/Upper Island Riptide VIPL), Madison Catt (5’7”,fullback, Vernon, BC-Clarence Fulton Secondary-Vancouver Whitecaps Vernon School Academy/TOFC), Shelbie Clarke (5’10”, keeper, Invermere, BC-David Thompson Secondary/Columbia Valley Football Club),Shae Fuoco (5’2” striker, Kamloops, BC-South Kamloops Secondary/KYSA U-18) and Jollee Perrier (5’8” midfield, Penticton, BC-Penticton Secondary/Penticton Pinnacles (TOSL).
The WolfPack have a first week bye and don’t hit the field for Canada West play until September 9th at home against MacEwan Griffins.
Shantz has his entire coaching staff of Kevin Fertile, Danielle Fauteux, Alanna Bekkering and Taylor Shantz back for a second season.