VANCOUVER, BC — The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack had a tough test as they returned to regular season action in Canada West men’s soccer. Playing against the Thunderbirds at UBC on Friday night (Oct 14), the ‘Pack jumped out to a 1-0 half time lead but fell 3-1 to UBC, who have clinched a playoff spot in the Pacific Division
The WolfPack opened the scoring on a goal from Mitch Popadynetz (4th year, midfield, Nelson, BC). Popadynetz continued his career season by scoring his sixth of the campaign. However, UBC came back and scored three times in the final 45 minutes to secure their eighth victory of the season. TRU falls to 4-3-5. Lubo Magdolen (2nd year, Kamloops, BC) returned to the TRU nets after missing six matches.
UBC scored three times in a seven minute span of the second half.
TRU—16:40—Mitch Popadynetz –unassisted-fools goalie and fires it down the middle. His sixth goal of the year. TRU 1 UBC 0
UBC—81:46—Patrick Izett—assisted by Mackenzie Cole—fires a bullet into the top right hand corner of the WolfPack net. His third goal of the year. TRU 1 UBC 1
UBC—87:17—Connor Guilherme—assisted by Patrick Izett and Kerman Pannu-header off a free kick. UBC 2 TRU 1
UBC—88:30—Mihai Hodut—unassisted-shot slotted into the bottom left corner which surprised Magdolen. His second goal of the year. UBC 3 TRU 1
Shots: UBC: 6-8:14 TRU: 5-4:9 Corners: UBC 4-1:5 TRU 2-0:2
Saves: TRU 1-1:2 UBC 1-0:1
Keepers: TRU: Magdolen 2-1-3
UBC:Chad Bush 7-3
UBC: 8-3-1 TRU:4-3-5
TRU head coach John Antulov:
“Overall we were really strong up until the 84th minute. Then we made some critical mistakes in really bad areas. They have quality players who can punish you. Overall the effort was good but not in the last five minutes. We are progressing but we are still young and have to learn to put games out against quality teams. That is the learning process but we have to get on that pretty quickly because there aren’t that many games left.”
The WolfPack will head to Victoria to meet up with the Vikes on Saturday (Oct 14). Then head to Kelowna for a match with the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat on Thursday (Oct 18). The Pack will then head home to entertain the Heat on Saturday October 21st. It is their final home match of the regular season.
The WolfPack will honor their graduating players: Ryan Glanville, Colton Walker, Alan Connor and Brandon Mendez. Kick off is 2 pm All of the WolfPack matches—home and away—will be webcast on a pay per view basis on www.Canadawest.TV.
The WolfPack are hosting the 2017 USport Men’s Soccer Nationals November 9-12th. Tickets on sale at the TRU home matches.
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