VANCOUVER, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack have captured the 2017 Canada West mens soccer bronze medal. On a cold and wet Saturday night (Nov 4) in Vancouver, the ‘Pack dumped the University of Alberta Golden Bears 2-0 to capture the bronze.
It sets the stage for the WolfPack hosting the 2017 USPORTS men’s soccer nationals next week at Hillside Stadium.
The bronze medal is the third Canada West bronze to be won by Thompson Rivers in any sport. The others were in men’s volleyball.
TRU scored both their goals in the first half. Anatoli Levielle (1st year, midfield, Winnipeg, MB) opened things up in the 8 th minute. James Fraser (2nd year, forward, Penticton, BC) added the second in the 21 st minute. It was Fraser’s fourth goal of the post season.
1.—TRU-8:03—Anatoli Leveille assisted by Mitchell Popadynetz (4th year, midfield, Nelson, BC). Popadynetz had a rocket right at the Alberta keeper Connor James. Leveille knocked in rebound. His first of the playoffs. TRU 1 Alberta 0
2—TRU-21:20—James Fraser assisted by Koffi Nyavor (3rd year, midfield, Lethbridge, AB) Nyavor had the initial shot and Fraser knocked in the rebound. Fraser’s fourth of the post season. TRU 2 Albera 0
TRU head coach John Antulov:
On game: “Very happy with the win. To come away with a medal in our first time at the final four is massive for our program and our players. Couldn’t be happier for the guys. The way they responded today.It was a fantastic effort. Defensively solid. We took our opportunities when we had the chance. Playing one of the top teams in the country posed its problem. The guys played fantastic and represented the university well. This is a great motivator and confidence builder going into our first game at nationals against York next week.”