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Fraser leads TRU WolfPack past Lethbridge to stretch unbeaten streak to five

James Fraser
TRU's James Fraser celebrates after scoring one of his two goals Sunday against Lethbridge. (TRU WolfPack photo)

KAMLOOPS, BC. – The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to five as it downed the visiting University of Lethbridge Pronghorns 3-1 Sunday at Hillside Stadium.

James Fraser had two goals and one assist for the WolfPack in their only game of Canada West action this weekend.  He was named TRU’s “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, B.C.) 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) scored his first Canada West career marker.

At 16, Leveille is the youngest player in U Sports soccer.

In the 51st 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, B.C.). McPhie went down favoring his face.  Lethbridge played the rest of the match with 10 men.

56th minute, Mike Weigle (4th year, midfield, Okotoks, AB) of the Pronghorns breaks in, WolfPack keeper Lubo Magdolen (2nd year, Kamloops) of  the WolfPack came out and collided with him outside the box, garnering a yellow card. He was replaced by 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) scored his second of the season.

Key stats
Goal scoring
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. TRU—78:50—Anatoli Leveille (1st year, midfield, Winnipeg, MB) takes feed from James Fraser and makes a nifty move on the challenging French.  Leveillie’s first of the year (and career).   TRU 3  Lethbridge 0
  4. 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: Lethbridge 7, 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)  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.”

TRU forward 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.”

Up next

The WolfPack will hit the road for matches Saturday and Sept. 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 Sept. 30.  That match will be a “Canada West TV Game of the Week” and be free of charge for the public to view.

Sunday’s match against Lethbridge will be shown later this week on Shaw TV in Kamloops.

The Pronghorns will be home Saturday and Sept. 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 will be hosts of the 2017 U Sport Men’s Soccer Nationals from Nov. 9-12. Tickets are on sale next weekend at the TRU women’s home opener vs. UBC Thunderbirds on Saturday at Hillside.

Of note

Scott Cramer (1st year, midfield, Williams Lake, B.C.) 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, B.C.

This was the second consecutive win at home for TRU over Lethbridge. They beat the Pronghorns 2-1 on the same date last year.


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