Kamloops, BC—Fresh off a bye week, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team returns to action in the Canada West.

The WolfPack will host their arch rivals: the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat in a home and home series. The first part will be played tonight (Oct 6) at Hillside Stadium. Kickoff is 8 pm.   The back half of the series will go Saturday (Oct 8) at UBCO in Kelowna.

It’s a battle of the third and the fifth place teams in the Pacific Division.   The Heat sit third with a record of 4-4-2 for 14 points while the WolfPack have a 3-6-1 record good enough for a tie for fifth with UNBC.

TRU head coach John Antulov says the rest was good for everyone in his organization.  “It was beneficial for both the player and the coaches. It gave us time to reflect on the first 10 games and what we need to do going forward. We held individual meetings with players and went over the first part of the season.”

The WolfPack focused on keeping the players fitness up.  Work outs leading up to the UBCO series were centered on tactical play and areas they needed to tighten up on defensively.

As far as the ramifications of this series for any post season aspirations TRU has? “This series is massive because both teams need wins to stay in the playoff race,” says Antulov. “As well, it’s a natural rivalry of Kamloops/Kelowna which the players look forward to.”

Antulov says both teams are very close in talent. “It will be a very tight, defensive oriented series where one goal may be the difference.”

Statistically two members of the ‘Pack—Ryan Glanville (4th year, forward, Williams Lake, BC) and Justin Donaldson (2nd year, midfield, Kamloops, BC) are tied for fourth in Canada West goal scoring with six a piece.  Mitch McCaw (4th year, keeper, Delta, BC) of UBCO is fourth in the league in goals against (10) and saves percent (.804) and fifth in goals against average (1.11).

Kick off Thursday will be 8 pm at Hillside.