Posted on: September 13, 2017
Riding a four game unbeaten streak, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack will entertain the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns in their lone Canada West men’s soccer match this weekend.
The Pronghorns and WolfPack will go ‘head to head’ on Sunday (Sept 17) at Hillside Stadium. Kick off is 2 pm.
Lethbridge will come into town after playing the Trinity Western University Spartans on Friday night (Sept 15).
Date: Sunday, September 17, 2017 Time: 2 pm kick off
Location: Hillside Stadium
TRU Record: 2-1-3 Last 5 Games: 2-1-2 Last match: 4-2 win over UFV (Sept 9)
Lethbridge: 1-3-2 Last 5 Games: 1-2-2 Last match: 1-1m draw with Mount Royal (Sept 9)
Important Game Notes:
The WolfPack beat Lethbridge 2-1 when they last met in Kamloops last year (Sept 17, 2016). Yuya Nakano (midfield, Aichi, Japan) scored the winning goal on a rebound in the 79 th minute. TRU had two of their top players—Colton Walker (midfield, Sicamous, BC) and Justin Donaldson (midfield, Kamloops, BC) sitting out one game suspensions.
Thoughts from WolfPack head coach John Antulov:
On building off last weekend’s win and tie vs UFV and Trinity Western (psychologically):
“One of the things we made a priority in the preseason was having a better road record. Nine of our 15 games are on the road. We had to figure out how we could get the points away from home. I think the strategy is paying off that we have the mindset that whether we are at home or on the road, we need to play the same way. Psychologically, I think the guys have toughened up mentally. Having Peter (Soberlak, assistant coach) on board this year has really helped out. That was one of the things we had to get better at was our psychological game and mentality.”
“Lethbridge is a young side. He has recruited a lot of young players. They tied Alberta 1-1 recently and a lot of their games have been close. They came into our park last year and we had to score late in order to win. In Canada West, anyone can beat anyone on any day of the week.”
Are they looking at their second place standing in the Pacific Division?
“We are pretty happy about that but the focus isn’t so much on the standings but it on how we are playing because we are progressing on something a few months down the road (Soccer Nationals). It’s nice to be there but the standings can change quickly if we ‘don’t keep our eyes on the prize.’ Things can quickly change if we aren’t mentally prepared each week. We are trying to keep everyone grounded and focused and have them concentrate on our long term goal-which is doing well in mid-November. While it is nice to be there right now, we have a lot of work to do.”
Players to Watch:
Mitch Popadynetz (4th year, Nelson, BC): Canada West first star of the week two weeks ago is tied for first in assists (4), second in goals (3) and leads the league in points (7). He also stands tied for third in shots with 16.
Ryan Glanville (5th year, Williams Lake, BC): The Canada West second star of the week this week is tied for second in assists (3) and fifth in points (4).
Justin Donaldson (3rd year, Kamloops, BC) leads the Canada West in shots (26).
Lubomir Magdolen (2nd year, Kamloops, BC) is tied for second in Canada West in saves (25).
Stephen Primeau (4th year, midfielder,Lethbridge, AB) leads the team with three assists. Ellis Davies (1st year, Midfield, Calgary, AB) and Dominique Point du Jour (5th year, middle, Calgary, AB) are tied for the second with with two points. Davies has two goals.
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