Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team extended their unbeaten streak to five as they won the only game they played in Canada West action this weekend. They downed the visiting University of Lethbridge Pronghorns 3-1 at Hillside Stadium on Sunday (Sept 17).
James Fraser had two goals and one assist for the WolfPack. He was named the TRU Bookstore/Mcdonalds “Leader of the Pack” Player of the match.
TRU had 10 corner kicks in the first half with one resulting in a goal. It came in the 26 th minute when James Fraser (2nd year, Penticton, BC) blasted it in off a corner. It was the first of two he had on the day as he notched his second in the 61st minute. He also set up the third WolfPack goal. That came in the 81st minute when Anatoli Leveille (1st year, midfield, Winnipeg, MB) scored his first Canada West career marker.
At the age of 16, Leveille is the youngest player in USports Soccer.
In the 51 st minute, Lethbridge’s Sean Gaiskey (4th year, midfield, Lethbridge, AB) was given a red card for colliding with WolfPack defender Finlay McPhie (4th year, Vernon, BC). McPhie went down favoring his face. Lethbridge played the rest of the match with 10 men.
56 th minute, Mike Weigle (4th year, midfield, Okotoks, AB) of the Pronghorns breaks in, WolfPack keeper Lubo Magdolen (2nd year, Kamloops, BC) of the WolfPack came out and collided with him outside the box, garnering a yellow card. He was replaced by the rookie Alex Ram (Leicester, England).
Lethridge’s lone marker came on a penalty kick in the 90th minute when Dominque Point du Jour (5th year, midfield, Calgary,AB) scored his second of the season.
TRU—26:41—James Fraser (2nd year, Penticton,BC) flying kick off a corner kick. Mitch Popadynetz (4th year, midfield, Nelson, BC) assist. Fraser’s first of the year. TRU 1 Lethbridge 0
TRU--61:31—James Fraser from Mitch Popadynetz. Off a free kick, Fraser collided with Pronghorns keeper Nolan French and got foot on the ball. His second of the year. TRU 2 Lethbridge 0
TRU—78:50—Anatoli Leveille (1st year, midfield, Winnipeg, MB) takes feed from James Franser and makes a nifty move on the challenging French. Leveillie’s first of the year (and career). TRU 3 Lethbridge 0
Lethbridge-90:00-Dominique Point du Jour (5th year, midfield, Calgary, AB) scores on a penalty kick after Fraser touches the ball in the box. Point du Jour’s second goal of the year. TRU 3 Lethbridge 1.
Shots: Lethbridge7 TRU: 30 Corners: TRU 13 Lethbridge 2
Saves: TRU 0 Lethbridge 9 Shots on Goal: TRU 12 Lethbridge 0
Corners: TRU 10 Lethbridge 0
Keepers: TRU: Lubomir Magdolen (2nd year, Kamloops, BC) 56 mins 0 GA 0 Saves
Alex Ram (1st year, Leicester, England) 34 mins 1 GA
Lethbridge : Nolan French (3rd year, Lethbridge, AB) 90 mins 3 GA 9 saves
TRU 3-1-3 Lethbridge 1-5-2
TRU head coach John Antulov:
On the game: “We were getting a lot of opportunities in the first half. I thought we could have been sharper. I thought overall we held good possession but I thought in front of the net, we did have good chances. But, we could have scored on more of them.
On capitalizing on set pieces for once: “ James was really following up and getting in behind and making sure he was there and Fin hit the cross bar there as well.. It was nice to see the guys get on the end of those free kicks.”
COACHES VIDEO COMMENTS:
TRU forward and Leader of the Pack Player of the Match James Fraser:
On getting two set piece goals: “ Feels good to get one off a corner. We are one of the biggest teams in the league and until today we hadn’t been able to get one. “
On his first goal when he scored while in mid air: “ My boy Jan (Jan Pirretas Glasmacher-1st year, defender, Barcelona, Spain) gave me a nice flick and it popped right out to me. It was an instinct goal and a nice one to get.”
On being unbeaten in five: “We are good. We are getting ties and wins. We have this momentum going. I am not even thinking of losses right now.”
Lethbridge head coach Randy Bardock:
On match:” I thought we were doing a lot of positive things. I thought we were frustrated in the first half. The card changed the way the game was going to finish up. I liked our spirit and attitude and how we kept plugging away.
On keeping of Nolan French: “ He made some good saves for us. But that is the expectation we have for both our keepers.”
COACHES VIDEO COMMENTS:
The WolfPack will hit the road for matches next weekend (Sept 23-24) in Calgary against the Mount Royal University Cougars and in Saskatoon against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
They will then return home to entertain the University of Fraser Valley Cascades in a noon kick off on Saturday, September 30th. That match will be a “Canada West TV Game of the Week” and be free of charge for the public to view.
Today’s match will be shown later this week on Shaw TV in Kamloops, BC.
The Pronghorns will be home next weekend (Sept 23-24) against the Cascades and the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves.
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 next weekend at the TRU women’s home opener on Saturday, September 23rd at Hillside vs UBC Thunderbirds.
Scott Cramer (1st year, midfield, Williams Lake, BC) saw his first Canada West career action when he came into the match in the second half. Cramer most recently was part of the Vancouver Whitecaps academy in Vernon, BC.
This was the second straight win at home for TRU over Lethbridge. They beat the Pronghorns 2-1 on the same day last year.
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