Squamish, BC…..The KPU Eagles women’s soccer team’s late rally pushed their bronze medal match with the Douglas College Royals into penalty kicks in the 2014 PACWEST Provincials but were defeated on the sixth round of penalty kicks. The Eagles end the playoffs at a 0-2 record for the fifth post-season appearance in their 11-year history, and the first with head coach Julie King.
The Eagles found themselves down by one early in the first-half and with less than 10 minutes in regulation time second year KPU forward Megan Talaber, North Delta, BC shot the ball past the reach of Douglas second-year goalkeeper Rebecca Mainardi, Maple Ridge, BC. According to PACWEST rules a Provincial Championship bronze medal match bypasses 30 minutes of overtime, which put the teams directly into penalty kicks to decide the match. The Eagles matched the Royals shot for shot until falling in the sixth round. Talaber picked up ‘Player of the Match’ honours.
“I think the effort they gave in the second half was good. I think they’ve shown PACWEST that we mean business,” said Coach King, “This season was about ‘Can we learn to work together and can we play with heart?’ We achieved that. Team progression, we’ve done well. We’ve seen people step up, seen ladies become better footballers on the field.”
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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 Collegiate 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.