VICTORIA, B.C. — The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team are leaving the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island with a split.
After dropping a 3-1 decision on Friday night (Oct 13) at UBC, the WolfPack got a second half penalty kick goal from Mitchell Popadynetz (4th year, midfield, Nelson, BC) and downed the host University of Victoria Vikes 2-1 on Saturday night.
Popadynetz now has seven goals on the year.
The WolfPack opened the scoring on a goal from Ryan Glanville (5th year, midfielder, Williams Lake, BC) in the 54 th minute. TRU outshot Victoria 15-4 in the match. The game marked the Canada West debut of Allan Connor (5th year, Kamloops, BC) in the nets for the WolfPack.
Isaac Koch was the only Vike to beat him. That happened in the 66 th minute.
54:02—TRU—Ryan Glanville (5th year, midfield, Williams Lake, BC) assisted by Justin Donaldson (3rd year, midfield, Kamloops, BC). Donaldson put the ball into the box and Glanville got a piece of it and put it in the right corner. Second goal of the year for Glanville. TRU 1 UVIC 0
66:21—UVIC-Isaac Koch assisted by Michal Baert. Baert makes a great pass to Koch for the goal, his fourth of the campaign. TRU 1 UVIC 1
77:31—TRU—Mitch Popadynetz (4th year, midfield, Nelson, BC) penalty kick to the bottom right hand corner. This followed a great individual effort by Glanville who made a great move and was taken down by two UVIC defenders in the box. TRU 2 UVIC 1
Shots: TRU:6-9:15 UVIC 2-2:4 Corners: TRU 4-2:6 UVIC 0-3:3
Saves: UVIC 2-4:6 TRU 1-1:2 Shots on Goal: TRU 8 UVIC 3
Keepers: TRU: Allan Connor (5th year, Kamloops, BC) 2 saves 3 SOG 1-0-0
UVIC: Maxwell Branyik-Gill 6 saves 8 SOG
TRU: 4-2-5 UVIC: 4-6-1
TRU head coach John Antulov:
“It is our first win ever here in Victoria. This is obviously a tough place for anyone to come and play. These last couple of games have playoff implications so for us to get the three points is huge.”
On Ryan Glanville’s play—scoring first goal and helping set up penalty kick for second. “ Ryan came up big. He scored the goal and made some great moves to set up that PK for Mitch. Not only that, but he was winning balls. His work rate in the second half was just fantastic. Kudos to him coming up big when we needed it.”
On his team’s big second half: “ The second half is how we have been playing the whole year. I didn’t think that we were doing it in the first half even though we were keeping possession. I thought we controlled the second half defensively and didn’t give them a lot of solid opportunities. We had a lot of chances to score in the second half and it was nice for us to convert on them.”
The WolfPack will visit the Heat at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna on Thursday, October 19th. They will head home to entertain the Heat on Saturday October 21st. It is their final home match of the regular season.
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