Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team opened up their own pre-season tournament with a victory.
The WolfPack took down the visiting Univeristy of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves 2-0 Thursday (Aug 20) at Hillside Stadium.
The victory ups the ‘Pack’s exhibition record to 3 and 1. This was UNBC’s first match under new interim head coach Steve Simonson. The teams were scoreless after the first half.
“My first week with the guys and getting to know them was the number one goal,” Simonson stated. ” For 70 minutes we played great but that first goal took away our confidence. It was a great first step.”
“I liked the fact we kept a clean sheet and played composed,” stated TRU head man John Antulov. ” We had good solid possession and played really smart. I was very happy with the center of our park with Colton Walker (3rd year, Sicamous, BC), Mike Harvey (3rd year, Calgary,AB), Kyle Fertile (5th year, Kamloops, BC) and even when we started to bring the kids in, they kept the same composure. We had good solid play throughout.
The WolfPack started fifth year keeper Travis Froehlich (Revelstoke, BC) in the first half and finished off with first year Claye Harsany (High River, AB).
Antulov said Harsany looked composed in his half of work. ” That is what I expected of Claye when I recruited him. I have seen him play and I like his composure. He communicates. He is a solid keeper. We expected of him.”
Both WolfPack goals came off the foot of fifth year Oriol Torres (Barcelona, Spain). The first goal came in the 70 th minute with the other being scored in the 85 th. The second goal saw Torres take the ball on his right foot and cross it over his head to his left and then tucked it in the lower left hand side of the cage occupied by Mitch McFarlane of UNBC.
“Oriol came into camp with the idea of doing well in his fifth year,” stated Antulov. ” He played fantastic in Phoenix. He has been like that the last two and a half weeks.”
The WolfPack continue the tournament with a match on Saturday (Aug22) when they face Douglas College of the PACWEST at 11 am. That is immediately after the McEwan Griffins face the Timberwolves at 9 am. The other match Saturday has UBCO Heat facing Langara of the PACWEST.
The tourney wraps up on Sunday (Aug 23) with MacEwan facing UBCO at 9 am. UNBC meeting Douglas at 11 am and TRU doing battle with Langara College at 1 pm.
There is an admission charge for all matches this weekend.
CORNER KICKS: Simonson says his team has bought into what they have been taught after only a week. ” I thought the first 15 minutes of the game we looked a little awkward but the middle part of the game we were quite good.”
The WolfPack open the 2015-16 Canada West season at home on September 12 th when they entertain the Trinity Western University Spartans at Hillside Stadium. Kick off is 2 pm. The game will be webcast on Canadawest.tv. A reminder that all Canada West sports that are webcast this year will be pay per view.