Posted on: September 12, 2018
The road swing concludes this weekend for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team. The WolfPack will play their fourth and final match away from home on Saturday (Sept 15) when they have an afternoon encounter in Calgary against the University of Calgary Dinos.
It is the first time the two squads have met in two years.
The Dinos are .500 at home this season after opening the 2018 campaign with a loss (to Saskatchewan) and a victory (over Lethbridge).
Thompson Rivers has a loss and two ties on the road.
Date: Saturday September 15, 2018 Time: 2 pm MDT
Location: University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
TRU Record: 1-2-2 (4th in Pacific) Last year (6-3-6) 3rd in Pacific Division
Calgary Record: 1-3 (5th in Prairie) Last year (7-6-1) 3rd in Prairie Division
Important Game Notes:
The WolfPack will be busing to Calgary for the match. Thompson Rivers is third in the Pacific Division in goals against (6) while Calgary is sixth in Prairie Division as they have also surrendered six goals this year.
There is a Kamloops connection on the Dinos. Former TRU WolfPack and Kamloops Youth soccer player Keenan Wallace is a member of Calgary Dinos. Wallace is into his second year of eligibility after ‘red shirting’ with the Dinos last season. He is the youngest son of Sean Wallace who was the long time co –head coach at Thompson Rivers when they were in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association. Keenan has dressed in three of Calgary’s four previous matches.
The last time these two teams met was September 18, 2016. It was at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops, BC where the Dinos won 4-2.
Thoughts from WolfPack head coach John Antulov:
1. What did you learn about your team last weekend against UBC and UVIC?
We battled hard in both games, but need to find consistency for 90 minutes. We still have a ways to go but the components are there for us to have a good squad. We just have to gel quickly and get to the point that we can be more consistent.
2. What are you building on for this week?
Continue to be solid and compact defensively and work on our attack in final 3rd.
3. What have you heard about Calgary?
Always a good side, well coached and very organized. They are a team that is continually in the playoffs and will be a difficult challenge for our squad. We need to ensure we are on top of our game to get anything positive out of this game.
4. Will the weather conditions (calling for rain) be a factor as you prepare?
It won’t be a factor as we usually play in the rain when we go to the coast so the players should be use to those conditions.
5. Comment please on the insertion of Khalifa Fanne and Levi Andoh and what they mean to the dynamic of the starting 11.
Both had solid weekends and bring another dimension to our squad and give us increased depth which we were lacking earlier. Once they become more acclimatized they will only improve our squad.
6. Does it seem like forever since you have played at home, with this being your fourth match in a row away from Hillside?
Yes, with all of the cancelled games we had in preseason and now our 1st part of schedule on the road it does seem like it has been awhile but after this week in Calgary we will be at home for an extended period and hopefully we can benefit from the home field advantage at that point.
Players to Watch:
Mitch Popadynetz (5th year, midfielder, Nelson, BC): The Canada West player of the year is second in assists in the Canada West in assists (4) and seventh in total points (4).
Justin Donaldson (4th year, midfielder, Kamloops, BC): stands third in the Canada West in total shots with 16.
Alex Ram (2nd year, keeper, Leicester, England) l is fifth in Canada West in goals against average (1.50).
Jake Ruschkowski (2nd year, keeper, Calgary, AB): sixth in the Canada West in goals against average (1.50)
Dominik Zuczek (2nd year, forward, Calgary, AB): fifth in Canada West in shots (13).
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