TRU WolfPack put the capper on a four-game home stand this weekend in Canada West men’s soccer action.
The WolfPack will play two opponents they have never faced before: University of Lethbridge Pronghorns on Saturday (Sept. 17) and University of Calgary Dinos on Sunday (Sept. 18). Both matches have 2 p.m. kickoff starts at Hillside Stadium.
Thompson Rivers goes into the weekend after a 3-0 over University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves. That puts their record at 2-4, good enough for fourth spot in the Pacific Division.
“We are looking forward to these two matches,” states WolfPack head coach John Antulov. “We know both will be a challenge since they are doing well on the other side and both seem to be scoring a lot of goals so we need to be very tight defensively against both teams.”
The Dinos sit fourth in the Prairie Division (3-1) with the Pronghorns next (2-3-1). Calgary has scored 13 goals and given up only two thus far while Lethbridge has 10 goals scored and 15 against. In comparison, the ‘Pack have scored 10 times and given up seven.
Antulov said his weekend prep isn’t any different that if they were playing a Pacific Division foe.
“I have been watching game video on both and formulating on both. I know both teams have some very dangerous offensive players that we have to be very aware of. We are the underdogs in these games as we are new to this league and have to ensure we are at our bet if we want to get anything out of them.”
Thompson Rivers will be short-handed against Lethbridge on Saturday as both Colton Walker (4th year, midfield, Sicamous) and Justin Donaldson (2nd year, midfield, Kamloops, BC) will be sitting out one game suspensions. Walker picked up his third yellow card of the year and Donaldson was handed a red card in their victory over UNBC last Sunday, Sept. 11.
“It will be very difficult for us not having these two key pieces in our line up,” said Antulov. “They will be hard to replace but I am very confident in the players that we have and I know the guys that come in will try their best to do the job necessary.”
The WolfPack will be led by Canada West male second star of the week Ryan Glanville (4th year, forward, Williams Lake). The Canada West 2nd team all-star and CIS Academic All Canadian is tied with Donaldson for third place in league scoring (4). Glanville is also tied for third spot in points with 5.
Lethbridge is led by Stephen Primeau (3rd year, midfield, Lethbridge, AB) with three goals. Kendell Wiens (3rd year, forward, Calgary,) of the Pronghorns is fifth in Canada West in shots with 18.
CORNER KICKS: The matches are the back half of doubleheaders with the TRU women facing Alberta and UNBC in their home opening weekend. Those matches will be played at noon both days at Hillside.
A member of the Pronghorns has ties to Kamloops. 5th year midfielder Dominic Rigaux played some minor soccer here.