The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack kept their playoff hopes alive in the PACWEST men’s soccer league on Sunday (Oct 7). The WolfPack went into Surrey and beat one of the teams ahead of them in the standings—the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Eagles.
The score was 3-1. The win ups the WolfPack record to four wins, two ties and four defeats
“We regrouped very well after yesterday’s loss to Douglas,” said WolfPack co head coach Sean Wallace. “With us having two regulars out of the lineup, the boys picked it up and its great to beat someone ahead of us in the standings. That is what we are going to have to do the rest of the way.”
Thompson Rivers were missing Corey Wallis (2nd year, defender, Enderby, BC) and Jacob Kaay (3rd year, forward, Kamloops, BC). Wallis was injured while Kaay had to sit out a game for too many yellow cards.
The ‘Pack opened the scoring in injury time. Colton Walker (1st year, midfielder, Sicamous BC) passed the ball to Sebastian Gardner (3rd year, midfielder, Vernon, BC). He laid the ball off to Peter Loncar (4th year,forward, Kamloops, BC) who went on a breakaway and beat the Kwantlen keeper to the lower part of the net.
In the second half, Kwantlen was applying some pressure when the WolfPack scored their second goal.
Loncar was able to pass to Kyle Fertile (3rd year, midfielder, Kamloops, BC). Fertile, whom Wallace said had one of his best matches of the year, then took the ball to the left side, beat two defenders and crossed the ball to a wide open Brandon Mendez (2nd year, forward, Calgary, AB). The 2011-12 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Academic All Canadian put it in the yawning cage to make it 2-0.
Kwantlen got a goal on a penalty kick before with 15 minutes left in the match, the Kwantlen goalie came out and knocked down Mendez in the box. That resulted in a penalty kick.
Oriol Torres (2nd year, forward, Barcelona, Spain) stepped up and hit the goalie with the shot but cashed in on his own rebound.
Wallace said keeper Travis Froehlich (2nd year, Revelstoke, BC) was solid when he had to and made some key saves.
The WolfPack will be back at home to finish off the rest of the PACWEST regular season. “We need to continue to beat teams and get some help,” said Wallace who pointed to next Sunday’s match with Langara as being a ‘must win’ affair.
Thompson Rivers hosts Quest Kermodes on Saturday October 13 th at Hillside Stadium. Game time is 3 pm.