WolfPack men's soccer pick up pre-season win

By Larry Read - TRU Athletics
August 14, 2017 - 5:41am

CALGARY —  The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack  wound up their first weekend of play in Canada West men’s exhibition action with a fourth straight match at a tournament being hosted by the Mount Royal Cougars in Calgary, Alberta.


On Sunday (Aug 13), the WolfPack met up with the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.   The final score was 3-0.   TRU got goals from three different scorers as they finished the tournament with a win, no losses and three ties.



TRU got goals from Emmanuel Aniogbe (pronounced a-knee-oh-bay) and Mitch Popadynetz (pronounced pop-a-dye-netz)  in the first half.  James Fraser scored in the second.


The ‘Pack utilized three goalkeepers in the match.


The teams played once last year in regular season (Sept 17), with Thompson Rivers coming away with a 2-1 victory at Hillside Stadium.  They will meet each other on the same date this year, again at Hillside (2 pm kickoff).




Goal scoring:


20th minute: TRU—Emmanual Aniogbe (pronounced A-knee-oh-bay) (1st year, Port Coquitlam, BC) got the ball on a play that was built up from the back. He passed it off to Maxime Fieujean (2nd year, Centreback, Savas, France).  He crossed it and it was put in by Zahk  Barone (1st year, midfield, Kamloops, BC). TRU 1   Lethbridge 0


25 th minute: TRU –Aniogbe passed the ball to Mitch Popadynetz (4th year, midfield, Nelson, BC).  TRU 2  Lethbridge 0


60th minute:  TRU—Scott Kramer (1st year, midfield, Williams Lake, BC) put the ball onto James Fraser (2nd year, forward, Penticton, BC)  who scored on a chip past the Lethbridge keeper for his second goal of the exhibition campaign.   TRU 3  Lethbridge 0


Keepers:  Lubomir Magdolen (2nd year, Kamloops, BC),  Alex Ram (1st year, Leicester, England) and Brady VanRyswyk (2nd year, Penticton, BC)   all played 30 minutes.





TRU (pre season)  1-0-3




TRU head coach John Antulov: 

On tournament: “ I think our last two matches were our best.  We were solid defensively and didn’t give up a lot of scoring chances. This group is jelling together very quickly. Today we utilized 21 players and there was no drop off in their intensity or their cohesion. Emmanuel really stood out though. He put their backs under pressure and was involved in both goals. Zahk also made an impact.”




The WolfPack will continue their exhibition season going to  Oregon for exhibition matches Aug 17-22nd.   They will take on Evergreen State College on August 17th, Williamette University on August 19th followed by a match against Concordia University in Oregon on August 2nd.


The ‘Pack play Their Canada West season opener is Friday, August 25th in Prince George, BC against the Timberwolves.  


The ‘Pack’s home opener is Saturday, September 2nd at Hillside Stadium when the University of Victoria Vikes come to town. It’s a 2 pm start time.


WolfPack women's soccer open pre-season with a loss