KAMLOOPS —The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team will enter their first Canada West playoff on a three game unbeaten streak.
The WolfPack closed out their 2017-18 regular season with a 1-1 tie over the visiting University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat on a soggy Hillside Stadium field on Saturday (Oct 21).
The ‘Pack had two wins and a tie in their last three matches. In this one, they surrendered the tying goal late in the second half.
TRU got their lone goal in the 72nd minute when two time Canada West all-star Ryan Glanville (5th year, midfield, Williams Lake, BC) was able to beat Heat keeper Mitch McCaw (5th year, Calgary, AB). In extra time, he had the chance to give the Pack the victory on a partial breakway but was stopped by McCaw.
Nikhil Reedy had the marker for UBCO.
TRU-72 min—Ryan Glanville-unassisted-Glanville got a hold of a loose ball during a scramble around the UBCO net. His third goal of the year. TRU 1 UBCO 0
UBCO-85 min—Nikhil Reddy (2nd year, midfield, Surrey, BC)-unassisted. Reddy’s first goal of the year. UBCO 1 TRU 1
Shots: TRU 5-11:16 UBCO 4-10-14 Corners: TRU 2-5:7 UBCO1-5:6
UBCO Saves: TRU 1-2:3 UBCO: 1-2:3
Keepers: TRU: Allan Connor (5th year, Kamloops, BC)
UBCO: Mitch McCaw (5th year, Calgary, AB)
TRU 6-3-6 UBCO 5-6-4
TRU head coach John Antulov:
On the game: “It was unfortunate that in the second half because they were pushing up and it gave us a number of scoring chances on the counter attack that we couldn’t take advantage of. Obviously disappointed that it was our ‘senior day’ and we wanted to go out with a victory. But we know we are going into the playoffs. That was a good playoff game and a good learning experience.
On Ryan Glanville having many chances to score but unable to: “Ryan has been doing a lot of great things an played really well. We can’t say enough of what he has done here. He just couldn’t capitalize on them.”
UBCO head coach Dante Zanatta:
On match: ”Never happy when the season comes to an end. Congrats to TRU going forward. We had a couple of chances today, one in the first and one in the second but we couldn’t get it. Credit to them as we couldn’t put it in the back of the net. I liked that we came to compete. They pushed and never gave up especially since they knew we needed a win to continue our season. They are avery young squad and continued to battle which is encouraging as we move forward.”
The WolfPack await the fortunes of Trinity Western as they meet up with UBC and UVIC this weekend to determine who finishes second in the Canada West Pacific Division. Whoever finishes second will host a first round playoff series. The third place team will head to the Prairies to meet the second place team in that division (likely Saskatchewan). The quarterfinals go next weekend. Trinity Western beat UBC on Friday 2-1.
All of the WolfPack matches—home and away—will be webcast live 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 are now on sale .
OF NOTE: The WolfPack honored their four graduating players: Ryan Glanville (midfield, Williams Lake, BC), Brandon Mendez (midfield/defender, Calgary, AB), Colton Walker (midfield, Sicamous, BC) and Alan Connors (keeper, Kamloops, BC) before the match. All four were named as the TRU Bookstore/McDonalds “Leader of the Pack” player of the match.
All four will still see action at Hillside Stadium at the USport Soccer Nationals.
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