Current WolfPack assistant coach Tim Hutton coached him in previous years
Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer have signed their third recruit for the upcoming Canada West season. For the second time, they have stayed local.
WolfPack head coach John Antulov and the program are pleased to announce that 6’0” forward Tomas Goddard of St. Ann’s Academy will join the program effective August 1st.
“This is my hometown, I train at TCC and I thought it would be cool to play for TRU, said Goddard, who will be taking computer science courses at Thompson Rivers.
Goddard is currently playing for the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association U-18 rep team under the direction of longtime minor soccer coaches Mary Bartucci and Tony Cuzzetto.
Cuzzetto has also coached him at St. Ann’s. “This year, we have named him co-captain on our select team. He has taken on this role rather affectively. Tomas takes on his responsibilities of pushing his teammates to strive for excellence, and work hard at practice. He has no problem calling teammates out effectively, when they need some prodding, and also praises players who have on field success. He has transitioned from a stalwart defender in his younger years, to a dangerous striker. During his last few years he has always been counted on two score key goals on both his high school and select teams. He has won numerous player of the match and all-star awards along the way. His assets are his speed, physical play, and passion for the game. He takes criticism from the coaching staff with maturity, but also knows when to keep it “light” with his teammates. He wears his heart on his sleeve, and is a genuine, “straight up” individual. “
Current WolfPack assistant coach Tim Hutton coached him in previous years. “Tomas has many strengths. He is physically strong and has good size along with being a very skilled player. However, I believe Tomas’ major strength is his speed.”
Hutton adds. “He has matured and has been committed to being a better player over the past three seasons. I see him coming into the TRU program with all the physical qualities needed to play at the CIS level. With hard work, I see Tomas possessing the ability to challenge for a starting spot over the next couple of seasons.”
Says Coach Antulov: “We are very pleased to have Tomas join our program. I have been watching him over the last couple of years playing for Tim and I also have been able to coach him while he was part of my Vancouver Whitecaps academy. He has very good physical attributes to play at the CIS level. He is a big, strong, quick striker with good technical skills. His play has improved tremendously over the last couple of years and we feel he will be a great addition to our program. We feel he will develop working with our coaching staff and playing alongside attacking players like Ryan Glanville (Williams Lake, BC) and Mitch Popadynetz (Nelson, BC). It will be a big adjustment moving from youth to CIS soccer but if Tomas puts in the work and effort we feel he will adjust quickly.”
Working with Glanville—a Canada West all-star and Popadynetz –is something that Goddard is looking forward to. “This will be a great experience. They will tell me how to play at this level and I hope I can learn a lot from them.”
“To get to the next level, Tomas will need to continue to develop by using the physical skills that he has on a more consistent basis,” added Hutton. “That is, knowing when to use his speed or when to use his strength. As I said earlier, Tomas has all the physical tools necessary to be a CIS player.”
Goddard is a current minor soccer teammate with fellow WolfPack recruit Kailum Nicolson (6’2” center back) and is a former teammate of current WolfPack red shirts Haris Djelmo and Joe Falsetta.
TRU opens its 2016-17 Canada West training camp in early August.
The WolfPack’s other recruit for the coming season is 6’2” keeper Brady VanRyswyk of Penticton (Princess Margaret Secondary) who is playing this summer with the PCSL Premier Division Penticton Pinnacles.