KAMLOOPS — For the first time in their history, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack are going to the playoffs in Canada West men’s soccer.
The WolfPack opened up their final weekend of the 2017-18 Canada West regular season with a 1-0 victory over the host University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat. The match was played Thursday (Oct 19) at Nonis Field in Kelowna, BC.
The victory puts TRU into second place in the Pacific Division. A TRU win on Saturday over UBCO and Trinity Western dropping both of their weekend matches against UBC and UVIC would secure that placing and their first ever playoff home match.
The Heat lost their third straight 1-0 decision and now need a win or a tie to secure their spot in the playoffs. The only way UBCO will not make the playoffs is if UVIC were able to take four of six points off Trinity Western and Fraser valley this weekend.
The WolfPack can finish no lower than fourth place in the Canada West Pacific Division thanks to the victory.
The lone goal coming in the 15 th minute when Justin Donaldson (3rd year, midfield, Kamloops, BC) scored his fifth goal of the season. Mitchell Popadynetz notched an assist: his league leading 10th of the campaign.
Lubomir Magdolen (2nd year, keeper, Kamloops, BC) notched his second shutout of the season.
This was the third game in the “President’s Cup” series between the two schools. TRU leads on the women’s side 2-0 after winning a forfeit match and then the other legitimately a couple of weeks ago.
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