WolfPack's Popadynetz U Sports first team all-star

By Larry Read - TRU Athletics
November 9, 2017 - 5:38am

KAMLOOPS — Mitchell Popadynetz has had a memorable fourth season of University soccer.  The native of Nelson, BC has added another individual honor to his mantel piece.

The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack middle has become the school’s first ever USPORTS men’s soccer first team all-star.

Popadynetz was named to the first all-star team at this evenings USPORTS men’s soccer national championships.

Popadynetz was earlier named the Canada West player of the year and a first team all star after helping his team to a bronze medal finish.  He led the Canada West in assists (10) and was tied for first in points (17).

“I think John and the coaching staff were a big part of my success,” the modest Popadynetz said after being selected a national all-Canadian. “ They made me feel so comfortable here. I think playing in the PDL this summer helped. I was in a different position which helped me out. “

“The award is very well deserved for Mitch,” said WolfPack head coach John Antulov. “Not only this season but over the last three years. We knew we were getting a special player when came to us from UBC. We knew what he could bring to the program. It is finally all coming together for him. He is not only an offensive guy. He has taken to everything we talked about on the defensive side of the ball and has become an excellent all-around player.  For us, to have him hitting his stride this year was huge.  We have surrounded him with good players so that has added to his skill set and what he can bring to the team. Overall, it has been a fantastic thing for our program. Great leader, great person and I am very happy for him.”

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