KAMLOOPS —The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team gave up two goals in the second half and wound up falling 2-1 to the visiting University of Fraser Valley Cascades . The Canada West soccer match was played Saturday (Sept 30) at Hillside Stadium.
The defeat was the first of the season for the WolfPack at home and second of the season and ended a seven game unbeaten streak.
UFV’s David Parfitt launched a long shot in the 80 th minute to seal the victory for the Cascades, who are fighting for their playoff lives.
TRU led 1-0 at half time on a goal from Finlay McPhie. They played the match without five regulars who were either injured or suspended.
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TRU: 27:59—Finlay McPhie (2nd year, defender, Vernon, BC) got his foot on the ball as Mitchell Popadynetz (4th year, midfield, Nelson,BC) had the ball far on the left side and sent it towards the goal. McPhie hit the mid left side of the net on UFV keeper David Hicks. McPhie’s second goal of the year. TRU 1 UFV 0
UFV: 57:13—Jassi Mann (2nd year, midfield, Surrey, BC) Mann cashes in after a free kick goes cross the TRU net. The ball was headed by Jun Won Choi (2nd year, midfield, Surrey, BC) to the center in front of the net and put in low by Mann. His second of the year. TRU 1 UFV 1
UFV:80:20—David Parfett (1st year, midfield, Abbotsford, BC) off a throw in, the ball went to Parfett who drilled a ball from 45 yards out into the top corner. WolfPack keeper Alex Ram didn’t react. His first Canada West goal. UFV 2 TRU 1
Shots: TRU: 6-4:10 UFV 0-4:4 Corners: TRU 3-8:11 UFV 0-1:1
Fouls: TRU 17 UFV 6 Shots on Goal: TRU 4-4:8 UFV: 0-3:3
Keepers: TRU: Alex Ram (1st year, Leicester, England)
UFV: David Hicks (4th year, Surrey, BC)
TRU 4-2-4 UFV 3-4-2
TRU head coach John Antulov:
On the game: “Not exactly what happened in the second half. The guys weren’t focused and they were not prepared. “
On the difference of UFV keeper David Hicks: “He made some quality saves. He came up big for them. But having said that the guys didn’t come out crisp in the second half. They weren’t playing the ball quickly and we weren’t getting enough shots to the net and enough crosses like we were in the first half.
On rebounding now that the unbeaten streak is over: “ It was still a game that we should have kept possession and did better things. It is a long season but it is part of the learning curve. The guys need to realize that we can’t take our foot off the gas pedal. That is what they did a little bit especially in the second half. Sometimes you have to take the game you can’t let it come to you.”
COACHES VIDEO COMMENTS:
Fraser Valley head coach Tom Lowndes:
On match:” Really big victory. We were poor in the first half to be honest. TRU was the much better team. They passed the ball around better. We needed to put more pressure on them in the second half. It was a fantastic response by the boys. Hopefully this is a big turnaround point for us. This is a tough place to come and get a result.
On the Second Half turnaround: “ We tweaked the formation a bit. We tried close down the amount of space they had in the first half. We gave them too much respect in the first half. We were quicker in transition and on the attack. We were dangerous on the counter attack.”
COACHES VIDEO COMMENTS:
TRU had three players: James Fraser (2nd year, forward, Penticton, BC), Justin Donaldson (3rd year, midfield, Kamloops, BC) and Jan Pirratas, defender, Barcelona, Spain) sitting out after accumulating too many yellow cards. Keeper Lubo Magdolen (2nd year, Kamloops, BC) remains out of the lineup and will be this entire weekend. Another regular missing was Joshua Banton (1st year, defender, London, England) who is recovering from injury.
The WolfPack entertain the Trinity Western University Spartans tomorrow (Oct 1) afternoon at Hillside Stadium. The two teams played to a scoreless draw the first time they met this year (Sept 8). Lubo Magdolen got the ‘clean sheet’: his second of the season.
The Cascades will head to Kelowna, BC to meet up with the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat tomorrow (Oct 1). It’s a 3 pm kick off.
Today’s match will be shown later this week on Shaw TV in Kamloops, BC.
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 .
Thomas Lantmeeters (2nd year,midfield, Zulendall, Belgium) was the TRU Bookstore/McDonalds “Leader of the Pack” player of the match. It’s the second time he has won the award this season.
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