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TRU men’s soccer hope to extend unbeaten streak vs. Lethbridge

Ryan Glanville
Thompson Rivers University's Ryan Glanville was Canada West's second star of the week. (Scott Stewart/TRU photo)

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Riding a four game unbeaten streak, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack will entertain the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns in their lone Canada West men’s soccer match this weekend.

The Pronghorns and WolfPack will go head to head at 2 p.m. PT Sunday at Hillside Stadium.

Lethbridge will come into town after playing the Trinity Western University Spartans on Friday night.

The teams

TRU (2-1-3)

Last 5 Games: 2-1-2

Last match:  4-2 win over University of the Fraser Valley (Sept. 9)

Lethbridge (1-3-2)

Last 5 Games: 1-2-2

Last match: 1-1 draw with Mount Royal (Sept. 9)

Game notes

The WolfPack beat Lethbridge 2-1 when they last met in Kamloops (Sept. 17, 2016).  Yuya Nakano (midfield, Aichi, Japan) scored the winning goal on a rebound in the 79th minute. TRU had two of its top players – Colton Walker (midfield, Sicamous, BC) and Justin Donaldson (midfield, Kamloops, BC) – sitting out one game suspensions.

WolfPack head coach John Antulov
On building off last weekend’s win and draw vs UFV and Trinity Western (psychologically):

“One of the things we made a priority in the preseason was having a better road record.  Nine of our 15 games are on the road. We had to figure out how we could get the points away from home. I think the strategy is paying off that we have the mindset that whether we are at home or on the road, we need to play the same way. Psychologically, I think the guys have toughened up mentally. Having Peter (Soberlak, assistant coach) on board this year has really helped out. That was one of the things we had to get better at was our psychological game and mentality.”

On Lethbridge:

“Lethbridge is a young side. He has recruited a lot of young players. They tied Alberta 1-1 recently and a lot of their games have been close. They came into our park last year and we had to score late in order to win. In Canada West, anyone can beat anyone on any day of the week.”

Are they looking at their second place standing in the Pacific Division?

“We are pretty happy about that but the focus isn’t so much on the standings but it on how we are playing because we are progressing on something a few months down the road (Soccer Nationals).  It’s nice to be there but the standings can change quickly if we ‘don’t keep our eyes on the prize.’ Things can quickly change if we aren’t mentally prepared each week. We are trying to keep everyone grounded and focused and have them concentrate on our long term goal-which is doing well in mid-November. While it is nice to be there right now, we have a lot of work to do.”

Players to watch

TRU: Mitch Popadynetz (4th year, Nelson, B.C.): Canada West first star of the week two weeks ago  is tied for first in assists (4), second in goals (3) and leads the league in points (7). He also stands tied for third in shots with 16.

Ryan Glanville (5th year, Williams Lake, B.C.): The Canada West second star of the week this week is tied for second in assists (3) and fifth in points (4).

Justin Donaldson (3rd year, Kamloops, BC) leads the Canada West in shots (26).

Lubomir Magdolen (2nd year, Kamloops, BC) is tied for second in Canada West in saves (25).

Lethbridge: Stephen Primeau (4th year, midfielder, Lethbridge, AB) leads the team with three assists.

Ellis Davies (1st year, midfielder, Calgary)  and Dominique Point du Jour (5th year, midfielder, Calgary) are tied for the second with with two points.  Davies has two goals.


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