WolfPack Men’s Soccer Gears Up for Home Opening Weekend

  Posted on: August 29, 2017

2017-18 WolfPack men's soccer (Andrew Snucins photo)

The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team will look for their first victory of the young Canada West season as they entertain the University of Victoria Vikes and the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds this weekend (Sept 2-3).

Game Information:

Opponent: Victoria Vikes Opponent: UBC Thunderbirds
Date: Sat Sept 2, 2017 Time: 1 pm Date: Sun Sept 3, 2017 Time: 2 pm
Location: Hillside Stadium Location: Hillside Stadium
TRU Record: 0-1-1 –Tied for 4th in Pacific UBC Record: 2-0-0 – 1st in Pacific
UVIC Record: 0-1-1- Tied for 4th in Pacific

Important Game Notes:

Vs Victoria: The WolfPack have beaten the Vikes the last two times they have met at Hillside Stadium including a 4-0 victory on Aug 28, 2016. Justin Donaldson (3rd year, midfield, Kamloops, BC) scored a natural hat trick. Their last meeting was in Victoria on Oct 21, 2016 where the Vikes won 3-1. The year previous (Oct 18, 2015), TRU beat Victoria 4-2.

The Vikes split their opening weekend with Trinity Western and Fraser Valley.

This match marks the final one for Vikes midfielder Austin Schneebeli (Sicamous, BC) at Hillside Staduim barring an appearance in the playoffs or USport Men’s Soccer Nationals. The former WolfPack player is in his fifth year. He will be playing against former high school, youth and WolfPack teammate Colton Walker (Sicamous, BC). The two were also roommates when they attended TRU.

Vs UBC: The Thunderbirds beat the WolfPack both times they played last season (2-1 at Hillside on Aug 27, 2016 and in 2-1 in the final match of the regular season on Oct 23, 2016). Donaldson had the lone goal in the home match against UBC while Ryan Glanville (5th year, forward, Williams Lake, BC) had the TRU marker in their match in Vancouver, BC.

The Thunderbirds are coming into Kamloops after playing the day previous in Kelowna, BC vs UBCO. They enter weekend play following back to back home wins over Fraser Valley and Trinity Western.

Thoughts from WolfPack head coach John Antulov:

We are looking forward to finally being at home. We did some extensive travel during the preseason, so it will be good to play in front of our home fans. I am sure the players will be very excited.

1. What did you learn about your team on the weekend
We will have a good squad. Although we did not get the results that we were hoping for, the group as a whole played very well and were deserved a little more. We just need to bear down a little more in front of goal and take advantage of the chances that we are creating.

2. Comments on Austin Schneebeli and what he meant to the TRU program when he was here
Honestly, we love Austin here and he was a great player for our program and a great person. We still stay in contact and I continually watch his progress and what he is doing outside of soccer as well. It was unfortunate he had to leave our program due to schooling (we did not have his program) but we are glad he is doing well in Victoria.

3. What do you know about both teams
Both programs are perennial national powerhouses and will be very difficult matches. Every game in Canada West is a battle and we are expecting the same this weekend.

Players to Watch:

TRU: Mitch Popadynetz (4th year, forward, Nelson, BC): had a goal in the WolfPack tie and loss in Prince George last weekend. He is tied for third in Canada West scoring. He is tied for second in Canada West with 8 shots.
Ryan Glanville: tied for third in Canada West assists with 1
Lubomir Magdolen (2nd year, keeper, Kamloops, BC) second in Canada West in saves (12) and fourth in saves per centage (.800)
Justin Donaldson: leads Canada West in shots with 13.

Victoria:

Austin Schneebeli- played in one of the matches on opening weekend.
Isaac Koch (3rd year, midfielder) tied for second in Canada West in shots with 8
Coach Bruce Wilson: into his 30 th season at the helm

UBC:

Coach Mike Mosher is into his 22nd year coaching the Thunderbirds.

If you can’t make the game/match: watch online (pay per view) at www.canadawesttv.ca

Home game/match highlights will be available by logging onto www.gowolfpack.tru.ca

     

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