Posted on: September 7, 2018
The University of British Columbia Thunderbirds are in the same position as the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack were last year in Canada West men’s soccer. The T-Birds are the host of the U SPORTS Nationals and have fortified their squad in hopes of winning the title.
In a rematch of the 2018 U SPORTS Bronze medal match in which the WolfPack won in penalty kicks, on this night (Fri Sept 7), the host Thunderbirds banked Thompson Rivers 2-0.
The WolfPack saw their two game unbeaten streak snapped and fall to 1-2-1 on the year. The Pacific Division leading UBC squad is now 2-0-1.
Jason Roberts made three saves for the shutout.
TRU went into a defensive shell in the first half. They had four shots in the opening 45 minutes and had two of them reach the net. UBC also had four shots in the first half with three hitting the goal. The only scoring came in the 31st minute when Thompson Rivers gave up an own goal. The ball deflected off Harry Coles (2nd year, defender, London, ENGLAND) and past TRU keeper Alex Ram (2nd year, Leicester, ENGLAND).
Former Vancouver Whitecap residency player Tommy Gardner gave the Thunderbirds a 2-0 lead after scoring off a free kick. It was Gardner’s first ever Canada West marker.
The match marked the regular season debuts of Khalifa Fanne (4th year, Tours, FRANCE) and Levi Andoh (1st year, Wolverhampton, ENGLAND) with the WolfPack.
1. UBC-31:40-own goal. UBC 1 TRU 0
2. UBC-52:52-Tommy Gardner-off a free kick-Gardner’s first Canada West goal UBC 2 TRU 0
Shots: UBC:4-3:7 TRU: 4-4: 8 Corners: TRU 0-2:2 UBC:2-2:4
Saves: TRU 1-0:1 UBC: 2-1:3 Fouls: TRU 13-6:19 UBC: 8-8:16
Keepers: TRU: Alex Ram (1st year, Leicester, England)
UBC: Jason Roberts
TRU 1-2-1 (6th in Pacific) UBC:2-0-1 (1st in Pacific)
THEY SAID IT! (post match quotes):
TRU head coach John Antulov:
“Overall I thought it was a good effort by the group. We battled really hard until the end. In the first half, we were defensively sound. Unfortunately we gave up an own goal off a set piece. The guys battled well. In the second half, once again defensively we were holding them back. They are a very talented team with offensive weapons. I thought our group worked really well together. After their got their second goal, our attack was better but unfortunately we weren’t able to connect in that final third. I was pleased with our effort, with our commitment and how we worked together as a team. Playing against an excellent squad, you have to capitalize on your chances when you get them. Unfortunately, we didn’t. “
The WolfPack will continue their four match road trip tomorrow (Sept 8). The ‘Pack are in Victoria, BC to meet up with the Vikes. Kickoff is 7:15 pm.
Next weekend, Thompson Rivers will visit the University of Calgary Dinos (Sept 22).
The WolfPack’s next home match will be Friday, September 21st when they play host to the University of Alberta Golden Bears. It will be the first time the two schools have met since TRU downed Alberta to win the Canada West bronze medal in late October.
All of the WolfPack matches—home and away—will be webcast on a pay per view basis on www.Canadawest.TV.