Posted on: October 12, 2017
fter having last week off, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team hits the road to begin a three match Canada West trip.
This weekend, they will visit the seventh ranked team in the nation: the UBC Thunderbirds on Friday (Oct 13) and then head to Vancouver Island to meet up with the UVIC Vikes on Saturday (Oct 14).
The ‘Pack end their road swing on Thursday, October 19th in Kelowna, BC against the UBCO Heat.
Date: Fri Oct 13/Sat Oct 14 Time: 6:30 PM PST/7:15 PM PST
TRU Record: 4-2-5 Last 5 Games: 2-1-2 tied last match 3-3 at home vs Trinity (Oct 1)
UBC Record: 7-3-1 Last 5 Games: 2-3 lost last match 2-1 at home to UVIC (Oct 7)
UVIC Record: 4-6-1 Last 5 Games 2-3 lost last match at home 5-0 to UBC (Oct 5) won last match over UBC
Important Game Notes:
The Thunderbirds and Vikes opened the WolfPack’s home and regular season on September 2nd and 3rd. The WolfPack beat Victoria 3-0 on the Saturday and tied UBC 2-2 in the second. UBC leads the Pacific Division going into the weekend.
Thoughts from WolfPack head coach John Antulov:
1. How did the bye week help you?–It gave everyone a good rest. We were dealing with a couple of nagging injuries for key players and gave them time to heal up. Also, we had a very busy August/September and this break couldn’t have come at a better time.
2. Was this a good time for a bye considering you were on a bit of a roll going into it?-Yes, this bye came at a good time for us as it gave some key players rest and heal up injuries. We always need to be mentally prepared for every game and the fact we have 2 difficult games, the players need to be ready to go.
3. Big test right off the bat with nationally ranked UBC Thunderbirds. How do you match up against them?–UBC is nationally ranked for a reason as they are always strong and especially at home. They are well coached and have many strong players. We will need to be at our best if we want to get a result. The players need to ensure they are mentally strong and focused versus this perennial contender.
4. Then, it’s UVIC: what are you expecting there?–UVIC for us has been a difficult place for us to go and play and they are coming off a big win vs UBC. We will need to ensure we are at our best as they have some offensive weapons that can cause damage if we are not organized defensively.
5. Personnel wise: at this point of the year (with four matches left) are you basically standing pat with your starting 11 (barring injury)–There will always be changes due to injury or suspension. For the most part the starting 11 will maintain as long as they are playing at the level that warrants starting. If not, I am confident in the players coming off the bench and being able to come in and start.
Players to Watch:
Mitchell Popadynetz (4th year, midfield, Nelson, BC) leads the Canada West in points with 14 and assists (9). He is tied for third in goals with 5.
Justin Donaldson (3rd year, midfield, Kamloops, BC) leads the Canada West in shots with 42
Lubo Magdolen (2nd year, keeper, Kamloops, BC) is tied for third in goals against in Canada West at 7. He has missed the last four matches with an injury.
Victor Shumbusho leads the Canada West in goals with 7.
Chad Bush is tied with Magdolen for third in Canada West in goals against with 7 and is third in goals against average at 0.70
Jasdeep Lally has appeared in seven matches including the one at Hillside Stadium earlier this year. He has a record of 3-4 with 1 shutout. He has a goals against average of 2.15.
Maxwell Bradndyk-Gilbert has started the four matches he has played this year and has a 1-2-1 record with a goals against average of 2.25
Austin Schneebeli (the former WolfPack plyaer has started in eight of the teams 10 matches with five shots on goal.
Isaac Koch leads the Vikes in scoring with 3 goals and 2 assists and has taken 39 shots this year
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