Langley, BC…..The KPU Eagles (PACWEST, CCAA) women’s soccer team fall 6-0 to the reigning CIS national champion Trinity Western University (TWU) Spartans (Canada West, CIS) in KPU’s first interleague exhibition match of the season on Sunday, August 10.
The Eagles gained valuable experience playing the best of the CIS in a scrimmage of three thirty-minute periods, giving new KPU Head Coach Julie King the opportunity to explore the bench and give everyone an opportunity on the field. The Eagles allowed three goals in the first period, one goal in the second, and two in the third.
“In the first period we were a bit nervous,” Coach King comments, “The second period I thought we listened and connected quite well. The third period we got fresh legs on and continued to connect.”
Overall Coach King is pleased with the opportunity the program had to play TWU and looks forward to moving ahead with plans for the regular season. “We have a bit to work on but I feel we have a good foundation to go from right now,” she states.
This is Coach King’s first game at the helm of the women’s soccer program, and is joined on the bench by Eagles women’s soccer founder and longtime Assistant Coach, Joan McEachern, Apprentice Coach and women’s soccer alumna, Brittany McNeill, and returning Goalkeeper Coach and women’s soccer alumna, Amelia Ng.
The next exhibition stop for the Eagles is on the road Saturday, August 16 for an inter-squad game in North Vancouver, before heading south across the border to take on the Peninsula College Pirates in Bellingham on Monday, August 18. The Eagles will open their regular season at home versus Capilano University, Wednesday, September 3 at Newton Athletic Park in Surrey. The women kick off at 5:00pm and the men kick off at 7:00pm.
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The KPU Eagles Department of Athletics & Recreation enters its 14th season of interuniversity competition. The Eagles are members of the PACWEST conference and play in the Canadian College Athletic Association (CCAA) with 100 student-athletes participating on eight varsity teams in men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, badminton and golf. KPU athletics plays its home games at the Eagles’ Nest (Surrey Campus), Northview Golf & Country Club, Newton Athletic Park, all located in Surrey, BC and the Ace Badminton Centre in Richmond, BC. The Eagles are active in the conference with staff members on various advisory committees and competing to host both provincial and national championships. The student-athletes are mainly from the lower mainland but KPU’s rosters have included student-athletes from North America, South America, Asia and Europe.