October 6, 2013, Kelowna, BC – No matter the past history, you should never take your opponent for granted. That is what the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack did on Sunday (Oct 6) and they wound up falling to the hometown University of British Columbia Heat 3-2 in PACWEST men’s soccer action.
The WolfPack blew a 2-1 lead in the contest and saw their record fall to six wins, two losses and a tie. The Heat are now sitting with five wins, three losses and two ties.
“I think we thought we would come in and roll over the Heat,” said WolfPack co-head coach John Antulov. ” We didn’t look prepared and after our win on Saturday (4-2), we thought it would be easy. Credit to the Heat for not rolling over.”
UBCO got on the board first at the 28 th minute mark when a cross into Manny Straith (3rd year, midfielder, Victoria, BC) resulted in his one timer at the top of the 18 yard box beating Travis Froehlich (3rd year, Revelstoke, BC) .
In the dying stages of the first half, a handball call in the UBCO box resulted in Justin Wallace (4th year, midfield, Kamloops, BC) striking gold on a penalty kick. The teams were deadlocked going into the break.
TRU went ahead in the early stages of the second half when Wallace dipsy doodled around a couple of Heat defenders and launched a rocket to the low left part of the net which startled UBCO keeper Logan Gillis (2nd year, Calgary, AB).
From there, things started to fall apart for the ‘Pack. A combination of undisciplined play and dubious calls by the official resulted in a number of free and penalty kicks in the TRU end.
Off a free kick, Jordan Lieb (3rd year, midfield, Bellingham,WA) headed it past Froehlich to tie the score at 2.
Minutes later, a scramble in front of the WolfPack keeper resulted in a UBCO player being taken down in the box and a penalty kick awarded. However, Froehlich stoned Austin Jones (4th year, midfielder, Vernon, BC) when he tried to go low left side.
The Heat got the eventual game winner on a broken play when the TRU back line let down and a through ball to Lucas Krivak (1st year, midfielder, Port Moody, BC) saw him speed in and beat Froehlich cleanly.
“We just let down on that winning goal,” Antulov said. ” That is unacceptable if we want to win the league. The good thing is that we are able to work on it in practice before our next set of games.”
The WolfPack will close out the PACWEST season at Hillside Stadium beginning on Saturday October 12 th against the Douglas College Royals. Kick off is 2 pm.
THROW INS: The Heat win gives UBCO a 3-2 lead in the President’s Cup competition between the two Interior Universities. It is a competition which started this year. Each time the schools play in PACWEST and Canada West regular season competition, a point is awarded. TRU led after two wins on Saturday in soccer.
But this victory, coupled with UBCO’s better finish in PACWEST golf over TRU gives them the lead. The next “President’s Cup” battle will come up the weekend of October 25 th and 26 th when TRU and UBCO do battle in Canada West Volleyball.