Kamloops, BC—Thompson Rivers University WolfPack head coach John Antulov is always looking into the future. The men’s soccer coach knows that his current starting strikers are reaching ‘veteran’ status for 2017-18.
As he looks to the future, Antulov has signed a highly touted striker/wing from Surrey, BC. He and the WolfPack are pleased to announce that 6’1”Joshua Penny has agreed to attend Thompson Rivers University effective September. Penny is graduating this June from Surrey Christian School. He will be taking courses aimed at earning at Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Thompson Rivers.
“I see a lot of potential in the TRU men’s soccer program and would like to be a part of their growth and success,” says Penny, who plays club soccer for the BCSPL U-18 Coquitlam Metro Ford. “I also think it will be a good experience to live away from home but not too far. This experience will be beneficial in teaching me many life skills, especially independence.”
Penny’s club team won the BCSPL regular season title but lost out in the semifinal. He has played many years alongside fellow TRU recruit Harry Khaira.
Esteban Mora coached him this past year and this season with Coquitlam Metro Ford. “ Josh has strength and power but is also a very unselfish player. He is a very important player for us providing assists and goals. His injury in last year’s semifinal was a definite turning point in the match. He is a great teammate, coming to training looking to work hard and learn. He also understands that sometimes he needs to make sacrifices for the team.”
“We are pleased to have Joshua join our program,” says Antulov. “ We feel he will be a great addition and a solid player in our program for years to come. He attended our ID camp and we saw some really good things. He is a big strong kid that can play multiple positions-wide midfielder and forward. For a big player, he has good technical skills and isn’t afraid to take players on. He has the ability to score goals and set them up. We believe he’ll add another element at these positions for us. Filling a need up front to have cover for Ryan (Glanville, two time Canada West all-star, soon to be 5th year from Williams Lake, BC) was really important. We believe by putting in the hard work, Josh can fill that role.”
“I think I’ll have to learn the new formation and tactics of the WolfPack in order to transition to Canada West play,” states Penny who also looked at the programs at Trinity Western and Simon Fraser before deciding on TRU.
He becomes the fourth recruit signed by men’s soccer for the upcoming year joining: Khaira, Scott Cramer (5’10” midfield, Williams Lake/Vernon, BC, Vernon Christian School/Thompson Okanagan Football Club (BCPSL), Juan Calles (5’9”, midfield/defender, Dola, Qatar, Colegio Maya).
Thompson Rivers begins its training camp in August. They are the proud hosts of the 2017 USport Soccer Nationals which will be held at Hillside Stadium November 9-12th.
THROW INS: Mora has this anecdote about the newest WolfPack recruit: “He is a quiet guy. He came in for a trial during a November training session and didn’t say more than five words. We played 11 v 11. At the end of the training session, he had scored three goals. He thanked me and left. That is who he is: quiet, very polite, and a hard working young man. He lets his football do his talking.