Posted on: September 7, 2017
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team hits the road again in Canada West play. Riding a two match unbeaten streak, the ‘Pack will be heading to Langley to meet the Trinity Western Spartans on Friday night (Sept 8) and then visit the University of Fraser Valley Cascades on Saturday night (Sept 9).
The WolfPack and Trinity have the same records (1-1-2). Fraser Valley is still looking for their first victory (0-1-1).
This is the first of two regular season meetings between the teams. Trinity Western and Fraser Valley are at Hillside Stadium on September 30th and October 1st.
After these games, The WolfPack will return home to face the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 2 pm at Hillside.
Date: vs Trinity, Fri Sept 8th vs UFV, Saturday Sept 9th Time: 7:15 pm/8 pm
Location: Chase Office Field (TWU), MRC Sports Complex, Abbotsford (UFV)
Important Game Notes:
It’s the home opening weekend for Fraser Valley. They had a bye week last weekend. Last year, The WolfPack travelled to Trinity Western and Fraser Valley (Sept 2-3) and lost both matches 1-0. When the teams came to Kamloops, TRU beat Trinity Western 2-0 but lost 2-0 to Fraser Valley.
Thoughts from WolfPack head coach John Antulov:
1. What are you expecting from the teams you are playing?
Both will be extremely difficult battles. Both have very strong squads, very organized and well coached. These are always very difficult and our guys need to be on top of their game to get results.
2. What is going right (what do you like) from your team right now?
Our confidence is very good and we are getting balanced scoring. We just have to continue to bear down in front of the net and convert our opportunities when they come.
Players to Watch:
Mitchell Popadynetz (4th year, midfield, Nelson, BC) is the Canada West first star of the week. He is tied for second in league scoring with three and tied for second in points with five.
Lubomir Magdolen (1st year, keeper, Kamloops, BC) is the league leader in saves with 20.
Ryan Glanville (5th year, midfield, Williams Lake, BC) stand tied for third in assists with two.
Justin Donaldson (3rd year, midfield, Kamloops, BC) leads the Canada West with 20 shots.
Leighton Johnson leads the Canada West with four goals, tied for second in points with five and is third in the league shots (15). Aidan Moore is third in the league in assists with 2. Keeper Sebastian Colyn is the Canada West third star of the week. He is fourth in the Canada West in saves (14).
No players among the top statistical leaders. Midfielder Bronson Hartley was arguably the Cascades best player during the preseason with three goals in five matches.
If you can’t make the game/match: watch online (pay per view) at www.canadawesttv.ca
Home game/match highlights and coach/player comments will be available by logging onto www.gowolfpack.tru.ca
(With help from UFV Sports Information)