Posted on: August 26, 2017
The 2017 Canada West men’s soccer regular season has kicked off for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack. The ‘Pack opened things up Saturday (Aug 25) on the road in Prince George against the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves.
Veteran Mitch Popadynetz (4th year, Nelson, BC) scored at the nine minute mark as the WolfPack tied the T-wolves 1-1.
The Pack led 1-0 after the first half.
TRU’s Popadynetz put a free kick top corner in the ninth minute. UNBC scored their marker in the 62nd minute. Lubomir Magdolen (2nd year, Kamloops, BC) was in nets for TRU in his first Canada West start.
The WolfPack outshot UNBC 12-11 and had five shots on goal compared to UNBC’s eight.
9th minute: TRU—Mitch Popadynetz scored first of the year off a free kick going top corner
62nd minute: UNBC– Gordon Hall assisted by Dan Goodley on a header off a corner kick
Corner Kicks : TRU 2-2: 4 UNBC 3-5: 8 Shots: TRU 12 UNBC 11 Saves: TRU 4-3:7 UNBC: 2-2:4
Keepers: TRU: Lubomir Magodolen UNBC: Tyrone Venhola
TRU 0-0-1 UNBC 0-0-1
TRU head coach John Antulov:
On game: “We started well the first 20 minutes with a lot of chances but we couldn’t capitalize. UNBC put the pressure on us after that and it was a back and forth match the rest of the first half and into the second. It was more of the same in the second. Credit UNBC for playing us tough. I didn’t think we played to our potential. We played a veteran crew and made subs in the second half (Brendon Mendez (5th year, Calgary, AB), Harry Coles (1st year,Shewsbury, England), Anatoli Leveille (1st year, Winnipeg, MB), Koffi Nyavor (3rd year, Lethbridge, AB) and Tony Paiero (1st year, North Vancouver, BC)”.
On Players who shone: “ I thought Mitch (Popadynetz) had a strong game especially on offense.”
On Magdolen’s First Canada West Start: “ He wasn’t tested that much in the first half but made some big stops in the second.”
On UNBC and TRU being similar programs: “ We have a lot of similarities. They have been in the league two years longer than us. Steve (UNBC head coach Smithson) has done a good job since he has been there instilling a good culture and belief in the program. Like us, they have everybody back from last year and they are-like us—developing into a competitive team.”
On Sundays match: “It will be another battle. UNBC is a tough place to play. We will have to concentrate more on bearing down on set plays.”
The WolfPack will conclude their weekend series with the Timberwolves tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon with at 1 pm start time.
The ‘Pack’s home opener is Saturday, September 2nd at Hillside Stadium when the University of Victoria Vikes come to town. It’s a 2 pm start time.
All of the WolfPack matches—home and away—will be webcast on a pay per view basis on www.Canadawest.TV. Although Sundays match from Prince George won’t be due to technical problems at UNBC.
The WolfPack are hosting the 2017 USport Men’s Soccer Nationals November 9-12th. Tickets on sale in September.