Semi Final time: WolfPack men’s soccer to face Trinity Western in CW Final 4

  Posted on: November 1, 2018

WolfPack first year defender Levi Andoh (Andrew Snucins photo)

The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack are hoping that their hot play in October will translate into more success in November.
The WolfPack are off to the Canada West final four and a meeting with the Trinity Western University Spartans on Friday(Nov 2) in the semifinal.

This will be the second meeting between the two teams in the last three weeks. The WolfPack beat the Spartans in a rescheduled match on October 17th. The score was 2-1 in extra time. It was the beginning stages of a brilliant run for the WolfPack: where they have won five of their last six matches.

The teams have actually faced each other two previous times this season. The Spartans needed extra time to take the WolfPack September 29th. The score was 3-2 Trinity Western.

The other Canada West semifinal on Friday will have host UBC meeting up with the University of Fraser Valley. The two winners will meet Sunday (Nov 4) in the gold medal match. The losers will battle for bronze Saturday (Nov 3).

All the action can be seen on a pay-per-view basis on Canada West TV.

 

DETAILS:

Date: Fri Nov 2 Time: 4 pm
Location: Thunderbird Stadium, UBC, Vancouver, British Columbia
TRU Record: 6-6-3 (4th in Pacific Division)
Trinity Western Record: 8-3-4 (2nd in Pacific Division)

 

IMPORTANT GAME NOTES:

This will be the second meeting between the two teams in the last three weeks. The WolfPack beat the Spartans in a rescheduled match on October 17th. The score was 2-1 in extra time. It was the beginning stages of a brilliant run for the WolfPack: where they have won five of their last six matches.

The teams have actually faced each other three times this season. The Spartans needed extra time to take the WolfPack September 29th. The score was 3-2 Trinity Western.

The WolfPack eliminated Alberta with a 3-1 decision in quarter final play last Saturday (Oct 24). The Spartans needed penalty kicks to beat Calgary 2-1. The teams were tied at 1 after regulation time and two overtime periods. Trinity scored four of five times in penalty kicks.

Thoughts from WolfPack head coach John Antulov:

1. On playing Trinity Western in the Canada West semifinals on a neutral pitch: ” I am glad we are not playing them on their field. With their fans and support that they get—I am sure they will have great support still—but at the end of the day, it is going to be a battle with them. Every time we play them it is a very, very close game. It ends up being a battle. Our game there, they scored in the 93 rd minute. The match here, we scored in the 93rd or 94th. We are expecting another tight battle.”

2. On Mutual respect between the programs. “ I think all of us coaches in the Pacific Division all know each really well and get along really well. Mike (Shearon, Trinity head coach) has done a fantastic job with that program. They are continually in the top 10 in the nation. They are always first and second on our side (Pacific Division). They have some excellent kids there. He is a great coach. They are very well organized. They battle right to the end. They never give up. They have a great mentality over there. Obviously, a lot of great respect for him and his program.”

If there is one factor that they need to exploit in Trinity Western’s game to win on Friday: “I think we just have to continue what we are doing. Be defensively sound. Be sharp. Be organized and balanced. Try to limit their opportunities. Be prepared to play a long time—94 or 95 minutes. Trinity never stops. They have that mentality. You have to be mistake free the whole game to be successful.”

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

TRU:

Mitch Popadynetz (5th year, middle, Nelson, BC): He is red hot since coming off a serious injury and has three goals and five assists in his last four matches.

Jan Pirretas Glasmacher (2nd year, defender, Barcelona, Spain): e iwas named to the Canada West second all-star team this year. It’s the second year in a row he was an all-star. He had three goals (one a game winner) and two assists in 15 matches.

TRINITY WESTERN:

Joel Waterman (5th year, midfielder, Aldergrove, BC): was Canada West first team all-star this year. He started all 13 matches he dressed for gthis year garnering two goals and one assist. He had 17 shots with 11 going on the net.

Sebastian Colyn (2nd year, keeper, Langley, BC): played both matches against the WolfPack this season and was fifth in the league in goals against average (1.47).

     

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