Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team has their first match action of 2016 under their belt.
The WolfPack opened their own exhibition tournament with a 2-1 victory over the visiting Quest University Kermodes of Squamish, BC (PACWEST).
The WolfPack opened the scoring in the 10th minute on a goal from Mitch Popadynetz (3rd year, forward, Nelson, BC).
The Kermodes got the equalizer on a broken play in the 43rd minute when Vic Lam booted the ball past an already committed TRU keeper Clay Harsany (High River, AB).
Popadynetz scored the game winner in the 75 th minute with a low shot after breaking down the left side.
Lubomir Magdolen (1st year, Kamloops, BC) played the second half of the match for TRU.
The teams played three 30 minute periods.
“It was a little bit up and down,” said WolfPack head coach John Antulov. “ We have a lot of new players. I knew there was going to be a bit of an adjustment. I thought we did very well in the first and third periods. The second was where we had a couple of breakdowns. Once we got back to playing the way we normally do, it was alright.”
Antulov thought they had a lot of scoring chances. “We definitely had our share in the first and third period. We need to learn to bury those chances. They come from our outside players. We always knew Ola (Ajibike, 2nd year, Maple Ridge, BC) had a lot of pace. Now we have Justin Donaldson (3rd year, Kamloops, BC) with pace to burn. Yuya (Nakano (1st year, midfield, Aichi, Japan), Colton (Walker, 4th year, Sicamous, BC) and Mitch. We definitely have a lot of speed going forward. It is just a matter of burying those opportunities when we get the chance.”
TRU will play again on Friday (Aug 12) at 6 pm on the lower field at Hillside Stadium against the UNBC Timberwolves of Prince George, BC.
Other teams in the weekend tourney are the UBCO Heat of Kelowna, BC, MacEwan Griffins of Edmonton, AB and the Douglas College Royals of New Westminster, BC.