By Larry Read
October 5, 2013, Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack have drawn first blood in their PACWEST home and home men’s soccer series with the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat.
Playing before over 300 people at Hillside Stadium, the WolfPack got two goals from sophomore forward Dion Gouldsborough (Summerland, BC) as they downed the Heat 4-2. The victory moves the WolfPack record to six wins, a loss and a draw. The Hat fall to four wins, three losses and two ties.
“It was a little closer than it had to be,” assessed WolfPack co head coach Sean Wallace. “We made some mistakes that we thought we shouldn’t have made. They came back and capitalized on their chances which I have to congratulate them on. They are a hard working team. We had some quality chances that we could have taken more advantage of and took care of this game a little sooner.”
The WolfPack opened the scoring eight minutes into it off a set play. Justin Wallace (4th year, midfielder, Kamloops, BC) took a corner kick which Corey Wallis (3rd year, defender, Enderby,BC) headed it in the near post on Heat keeper Logan Ellis (2nd year, Calgary, AB).
The Heat evened the score on a WolfPack ‘own’ goal credited to Logan Abbott (1st year, forward, Salmon Arm, BC) at the 27 minute mark.
“The guys are working hard at training on set plays, ” said Wallace. ” We should probably should go over a little more what we should do on defense. We will work on that next week.”
At 35 minutes, Justin Wallace took the ball at midfield, turned a UBCO defender inside out and as the defender reached for his shorts, Wallace took off and blasted a rocket to the top of the 18 yard box into the top right hand corner of the net to give TRU a 2-1 lead.
However, just before the first half ended, the Heat got a free kick. At the 40 minute mark, Enzo Paal (1st year, midfield, Coldstream, BC)) launched a laser which snuck through the right hand side of the wall and beat WolfPack keeper Travis Froehlich (3rd year, Revelstoke, BC). Froehlich didn’t see the shot. The teams were tied at two going into the break.
In the second half, it became the “Dion Gouldsborough” show.
The 6’2″ forward cashed in off a free kick at the 63 rd minute mark for his third goal of the season. He capitalized on a free kick taken by Sebastian Gardner (5th year, midfield, Vernon, BC). The 2012-13 PACWEST all star was playing his first match since coming back from a second round of chemotherapy.
In the 74 th minute, Justin Wallace fed Gouldborough, who’s long shot handcuffed Ellis.
Wallace thought his squad controlled the second half. ” We had the wind. Our work rate was there. We brought in a few guys who put us at a high work level. That helped and the guys moved the ball really well and we put pressure on them.’
Those two players who came into the match in the second half were Gardner and fellow all-star Braeden Burrows (4th year, defender, Kamloops, BC). ” That makes the coaching staff very happy that they are back,” smiled Wallace. ” That gives us some tough decision to make on who plays. To have those type of players healthy and on the field again is great. It is great to have Seb back in the fold. Braeden has been out the last few games. It shows the depth we have on this team.”
Wallace also praised Goldsborough for his offensive effort. ” After last weekend, when I went onto the field at VIU and was witnessing Dion with a broken leg or blew his knee out off a tackle. For him to come back is great. He was only able to come back yesterday and kick the ball around a bit. It was a gutsy effort by him.”
The WolfPack outshot the Heat 15-12, but it was UBCO who had the most shots in the second half (9-8). Justin Wallace had six shots in the game, two on goal and had a goal and two assists.
Paal had three shots in the game for UBCO—two on goal and scored once.
The two teams play again Sunday (Oct 6) in Kelowna. Kick off is noon.
STOPPAGE TIME: The win’s by the WolfPack men’s and women’s soccer teams gave Thompson Rivers a 2-0 lead in the President’s Cup. It’s a competition which has started this year between TRU and the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Each time the two schools play in PACWEST and Canada West regular season competition, a point is awarded. TRU leads 2-0. The next competition is Sunday for both soccer and for golf—who close out their season at the Chilliwack Golf and Country Club.
The Heat and WolfPack were joined in the pre game festivities by two U-6 boys teams: the Blue Jays and the Red Fire Balls. The Blue Jays are coached by former UCC player and CCAA All-Canadian Steve Scott, who is a teacher at Arthur Stevenson Elementary in Westsyde.
Next home game for the WolfPack is Saturday October 12 th at Hillside Stadium against Douglas College. Kick off is 2 pm.