Edmonton, AB: The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack wound up a Canada West men’s soccer road trip to Edmonton with only one of a possible six points. The WolfPack wrapped up their two game weekend with a 4-2 setback at the hands of the University of Alberta Golden Bears.
TRU scored both goals in the second half after head coach John Antulov made massive changes inserting five rookies and one second year player. TRU falls to 3-6-1 on the year while the Golden Bears, the second ranked team in CIS men’s soccer moves to 9-0-1. TRU was down 3-0 at the half and 4-0 at one point. The WolfPack got their goals five minutes apart on the second half.
- ALTA (6:51) Noah Cunningham (first goal of the year) off a header assisted by Niko Saler. ALTA 1 TRU 0
- ALTA (31:25) Calum Jardine (third goal of the year) tipped it in off a free kick assisted by Niko Saler ALTA 2 TRU 0
- ALTA (38:38) Noah Cunningham (second goal of the year) strike from 30 yards out beating Claye Harsany (2nd year, High River, AB) ALTA 3 TRU 0 at the half
- ALTA (58:59) Ajeej Sarkaria (14th goal of the year) header off corner by Victor Karosan beating WolfPack reserve keeper Brady Van Ryswyk (1st year, Penticton, BC) ALTA 4 TRU 0
- TRU (71:10) Olamide Ajibike (2nd year, midfield, Maple Ridge, BC) on a breakaway assisted by Mike Harvey (4th year, midfield, Calgary, AB) first goal of the year ALTA 4 TRU 1
- TRU (75:19) Keenan Wallace (1st year, midfield, Kamloops, BC) rebound off a free kick assisted by Mitch Popadynetz (3rd year, forward. First Canada West goal. ALTA 4 TRU 2
Corner Kicks: Alberta 8 (six in the second half) TRU 5 (four in the first half)
Saves: Alberta 1 (second half) TRU 3 (2 in the first half)
Shots by Period: Alberta 14 (seven per half) TRU 9 (five in the second half
Fouls: Alberta 10 (six in the first halfj) TRU 15 (eight in the second half)
Keepers: Alberta Connor James (3 shots on goal, two goals against 1 save in 90 minutes)
TRU Claye Harsany (6 shots on goal 4 goals against 3 saves in 45 minutes)
Brady Van Ryswick (7 shots on goal one save in 45 minutes)
Alberta 9-0-1 TRU 3-6-1
TRU head coach John Antulov
ON THE GAME: “We knew we were in tough. Both of their first goals came on breakdowns off of set plays. After the first goal, we got into the play but their second goal deflated us. Their third goal was a beautiful one. I put lots of subs in the second half to give the young kids some experience. They were fantastic. I think they acquitted themselves quite well against the second ranked team in the CIS. We held possession and were rewarded for our smart play.”
The WolfPack have a bye next week. They will be back at Hillside Stadium for a rare Thursday night encounter on October 6th. That is when they will entertain the University of British Columbia Okangan Heat. Game time is 8pm.
In the meantime, The WolfPack will be involved in the 2016 “Raise a Reader” campaign on Tuesday morning (Sept 27). They will be at the Valleyview McDonalds and Tim Horton’s between 6:30 am and 830 am. Proceeds from sales of the Kamloops This Week will go towards literacy programs. The WolfPack men’s volleyball and men’s basketball teams are also donating their services that morning.
Two members of the WolfPack will be helping out at Terry Fox Runs in the community this week. Tomas Goddard will be at A.E. Perry on the Kamloops North Shore on Thursday morning (Sept 29). Kyle Hutton will lead the warm up at Kay Bingham Elementary school on Friday morning (Sept 30)
Antulov put in five players: Kailum Nicolson (1st year, Kamloops, BC), Brady Van Ryswiyk (1st year, Penticton, BC) , Olamide Ajdibike (2nd year, Maple Ridge, BC) Vicky Parhar (3rd year, Surrey, BC) and Keenan Wallace (1st year, Kamloops,BC) in the second half. They replaced Khalifa Fanne (3rd year, Tours, France), Claye Harsany (2nd year, High River, AB) , Yuya Nakano (1st year, Aichi, Japan), Maixime Fieujean (1st year, Servas, France) and Ryan Glanville (4th year, Williams Lake, BC)
Colton Walker (4th year, midfield, Sicamous, BC) was the Player of the Game for TRU. “He was solid as was Adam Swanson (2nd year, defender, North Vancouver,BC),’ said Antulov. “ Adam was excellent all weekend and has taken his game to a whole new level in his development.”