TRU WolfPack ended their Canada West men’s soccer pre-season with a strong effort but fell short against one of the league’s top squads..
The WolfPack lost 2-1 to University of Saskatchewan Huskies on Sunday, Aug. 21. The match was played in Kelowna.
“We played a very composed match and it was likely our best of the summer,’ said TRU head coach John Antulov. “We made two mistakes and an experienced, well coached and talented team like Saskatchewan made us pay for it. They are one of the top teams in the Canada West and it showed us what we need to be able to do to play with those top teams.”
The Huskies scored both of their goals in the first half. One in the 15th minute and the other in the 30th minute.
TRU got on the board in the 50th minute when Ryan Glanville (4th year, forward, Williams Lake) fed Mitch Popadaynetz (3rd year, forward, Nelson) and he beat the Huskie keeper.
The WolfPack started Claye Harsany (2nd year, High River, Alta.) in the first half in goal and replaced him with Lubo Magdolen (1st year, Kamloops) in the second.
“We need to start focusing in on what we need to do to get us over the hump and grind out a result against top teams like the Huskies,” added Antulov.
Thompson Rivers kicks off its 2016 Canada West season on Saturday, Aug 27. They host the defending CIS bronze medal winners: UBC Thunderbirds at Hillside Stadium. Kickoff is 1 p.m.