VANCOUVER, BC— The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack will play for bronze in the Canada West final four men’s soccer championships.
The WolfPack gave up three first half goals and fell to the host University of British Columbia Thunderbirds 3-1 in their semifinal Friday night (Nov 3) in Vancouver.
TRU surrendered three goals in the first 17 minutes. James Fraser (2nd year, forward, Penticton, BC) got the lone goal for TRU in the 86th minute.
The WolfPack started Lubo Magdolen (2nd year, keeper, Kamloops, BC) in the nets but he was pulled in favor of Allan Connor (5th year, keeper, Kamloops, BC) 10:12 into the contest.
- UBC-Manraj Bains 155- UBC 1 TRU 0
- UBC-Victory Shumbusho 9:56 UBC 2 TRU 0
- UBC-Mackenzie Cole 16:43 assisted by Zach Verhoven UBC 3 TRU 0
- TRU-James Fraser- 86:03 assisted by Koffi Nyavor UBC 3 TRU 1
Shots: UBC: 4-6: 10 TRU: 5-7:12 Shots on goal: UBC: 4 TRU: 4 Corners: UBC: 2-2: 4 TRU: 3-4:7
Saves: UBC: 1-2:3 TRU: 0-1:1 Keepers: TRU: Magdolen/Connor UBC: Chad Bush
TRU head coach John Antulov:
On game: “Disappointed with the results. The first 15 minutes isn’t the way we wanted to come out. We gave up two early goals on two pretty bad mistakes ended up cost us. What I did like was the come back and fight. After the third goal the guys continued to fight and push forward. In the second half, really fought. Playing against a team like UBC who is very strong defensively is very difficult. We need to take that and use it tomorrow. We need to really show a bounce back and prove to ourselves that we can play in these big games and fight. It was a learning experience for us. We are fortunate we have a life line and have a berth in the nationals. We need to be more mentally stronger and tougher and be more focused in the first 15 minutes. Playing against Alberta is going to be another difficult match. We need to learn from this and use it for nationals next week. It’s up to our coaching staff to have our guys focused and ready to go.”
The WolfPack will play in the bronze match tomorrow (Sat Nov 4) vs Alberta .That’s set for 5 pm at UBC. The Golden Bears lost 3-2 in double overtime to Trinity Western in their semifinal. The Thunderbirds play Trinity for the gold medal at 7 pm.