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Wesmen rally falls short in loss to Wolfpack

Taryn Raabe dives to make a stop on a Thompson Rivers penalty kick during Canada West conference women's soccer action at the WSF North indoor pitch Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)
Taryn Raabe dives to make a stop on a Thompson Rivers penalty kick during Canada West conference women's soccer action at the WSF North indoor pitch Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)

DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics

The Winnipeg Wesmen weren't able to keep the good times rolling Saturday night.

Fresh off their first win of the season Friday night, the Wesmen were let down in trying to string together their first win streak, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack at the WSF North indoor pitch. 

The Wesmen temporarily moved into the top six of the Prairie Division ahead of Lethbridge and Mount Royal with a 2-0 win over UBC-Okanagan Friday night. But head coach Amy Anderson conceded her team didn't respond with the type of effort required to turn one win into two. 

"I think we let ourselves down for sure," Wesmen head coach Amy Anderson said. "We didn't deserve to win today. Our quality let us down. We had chances and it came down to our final pass. You have to come in every game in this league and just be settled with (having won the night before). There's no excuses. We gotta get better if we wanna have a better season. And we're determined to."

The Wesmen managed to pull to 2-1 down when team-leading scorer Shae-Lynn Dodds scored her fourth goal of the season and second of the weekend in the 70th minute. Dodds has scored in three of the last four Wesmen matches.

TRU reserve Shae Fuoco scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 56th minute for the Wolfpack (1-4-1), who also got a 12th-minute tally from Chantal Gammie in winning for the first time since Oct. 13, 2018 — a victory over Winnipeg in Kamloops, B.C.

"They worked so hard and, to be honest, created some really good chances," TRU head coach Mark Pennington said in recording his first career U Sports victory as a coach. "I can't knock the work rate and the response from (Friday) night where we probably felt like we didn't give a good account of ourselves. Tonight was a much better bounce-back and what we asked for."

The win was also the first for TRU freshman keeper Mae Hobenshield, who made eight saves. 

The Wolfpack also had a penalty kick from the spot, but Wesmen freshman keeper Taryn Raabe made the stop, the second time in as many matches that the first-year stopped a penalty. 

Raabe, who recorded her first career clean sheet in Friday's win, had nine more saves Saturday.

The Wesmen head to Saskatchewan for a Friday match against the Huskies next, and a trip to Regina the following day. 

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