Kamloops BC: In a battle of who takes over sole possession of third place in the Canada West Pacific Division, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack fell 2-0 to the University of Fraser Valley Cascades in men’s soccer.
The match was played at Hillside Stadium and was the final home appearance for the WolfPack this season.
The Cascades scored two first half goals and rolled the momentum to the victory to clinch a playoff spot and move into third place alone: three points ahead of the ‘Pack. TRU was playing without two of its starters: Justin Donaldson (2nd year, midfield, Kamloops, BC) and Thomas Lantmeeters (1st year, defender, Zulendaal, Belgium). They were serving one game suspensions for too many yellow cards.
- 10:39 – UFV- Michael Mobilio (3rd year, midfield, Coquitlam, BC) unassisted. Through ball passed everybody, including TRU keeper Claye Harsany (2nd year, High River, AB) for his second goal of the year. UFV 1 TRU 0
- 21:17 – UFV – James Najman (5th year, forward, Surrey, BC) assisted by Daniel Davidson. Davidson chipped into box from for easy header into net. Najman’s fourth of the year. UFV 2 TRU 0
No Scoring in Second half
Corner Kicks: TRU 10 (5 each half) Fraser Valley 5 (3 in second half)
Saves: TRU 3 (2 in first half) Fraser Valley 1 (first half)
Shots by Period: Fraser Valley 13 (9 in first half) TRU 11 (6 in first half)
Fouls: TRU 15 (11 in second half) Fraser Valley 15 (8 in second half)
Fraser Valley: 7-6-1 TRU 6-7-1
TRU head coach John Antulov
On Game: “For whatever reason our guys were really flat. They weren’t sharp in the first 20 -25 minutes from our goalkeeper out to our striker. I thought that it was two poor goals to give up on our behalf. It’s hard to come back from any team in this league.”
Agrees Chemistry was off: “Heart, energy, passion: that what was missing today for some reason. You could tell from the guy’s body language in the first 20-25 minutes that they weren’t mentally in and ready to go. We talked about what we needed to do and how we needed to do it. They weren’t just ready to go.”
TRU co-captain Mitch Popadynetz (3rd year, forward, Nelson, BC):
On the Result: “Definitely disappointing. A couple of early goals as the result of mistakes kind of killed us. I thought we battled back at the end of the first half. We just really didn’t get it going today.
UFV head coach Tom Lowndes:
On effort: “We said the result was the most important thing. A win gets us into the playoffs. It was massive. Pleased with the start we had in the first half. They came back strong so we had to weather the storm a bit. Proud of the way we defended. I thought the second half was a very professional performance. It wasn’t pretty at times but we did what we had to do. Another clean sheet and we defended them really well. We limited them to not too many chances.”
Liked the play of his back four: “They were fantastic. With the attacking players they have like Ryan Glanville and Mitch Popadynetz, we knew they could cause us problems. We did a very good job of limiting the service into Ryan today. Our two centre backs were quality.”
The WolfPack close out the Canada West regular season next weekend (Oct 21-22) with matches Friday in Victoria and Saturday at UBC. “Two wins would be ideal,” stated Popadynetz. “We are still battling for third . That would be nice to get. We want to get two wins and especially beat Victoria on the first day.”
Added Antulov: “We have to win for us to get into the playoffs. The good thing is that our destiny is in our own hands still. That is a good thing. With UBCO beating Trinity Western, that tightens the gap up again. Against Victoria we need to be prepared and ready to go.”
Fraser Valley hosts UNBC on Saturday and Sunday (Oct 22-23). Game times are 8 pm.
Michael Caldwell (1st year, midfield, Surrey, BC) was named the “TRU Bookstore/McDonalds Leader of the Pack player of the match.”