Playoff implications once again the storyline in the home and home with TRU. The first of the matches goes Friday at 7 p.m. in Kelowna at the Nonis Sports Field. Saturday in Kamloops the derby culminates at 7 p.m on the Hillside Stadium turf.
KELOWNA, B.C – After coming back on a rewarding weekend that saw the UBC Okanagan men’s soccer team get four points out of the six on the road versus UFV and TWU, the Heat have an exciting weekend ahead of them.
UBC Okanagan will first play host to Thompson Rivers on Friday, 9th October at the Nonis Sports Field with the game set to begin at 7 p.m. The Heat will thereafter be travelling to play Thompson Rivers for the return fixture on Saturday, 10th October, where the game is set to begin at 7 p.m. at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops.
Play-Off Scenario – The men’s soccer side are standing at fifth position and now have a total of eight points from eight games. The Heat are two points shy of the coveted final playoff berth – fourth – which is where Trinity Western is with sitting in the table. The Heat will be attempting to cover substantial ground this weekend when they play back to back fixtures against Thompson Rivers, who are in sixth with four points.
Players to Watch out for : Forward Enzo Paal added to his tally this past weekend and now stands at 2 goals and 2 assists so far this season. Rookie Luke Warkentin has now scored 3 goals, after his two goal explosion last Friday versus UFV, and will be keen to capitalize this weekend.
Key Performer : Second year forward Cole Kingzett has a single goal and two assists so far this season. His ability to bring in other players into the game will come into play this weekend. His performances will hold great importance in the Heat’s endeavor to make it to the playoffs in two consecutive seasons.
Head to Head : UBC Okanagan VS Thompson Rivers: This is the first time the two sides are meeting this season. When these two teams clashed last season, the Heat won the first game 1-0 in Kamloops and the second game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Thompson Rivers : Thompson Rivers are in sixth place and have four points from the six games they have played so far. Having gotten one point in the two games they played this weekend, this side will be looking to bounce back this weekend.
Play-off Scenario – Thompson Rivers are standing at four points which is six points short of fourth placed Trinity Western who continue to occupy the coveted fourth place on the table. They will be looking to cover considerable distance when they play UBC Okanagan on the weekend.
Players to watch out for : Forward Oriol Torres has two goals and two assists this season and has continued to be a key element for Thompson Rivers.
Key Performer : Third year forward Ryan Granville has been having an outstanding season so far having found the back of the net on five occasions along with managing to assist another two. Granville will be instrumental if the Wolfpack are to do well on the weekend.
2014-15 CW Regular Season Record: 2-8-2 (7th in Pacific)
2014-15 CW Playoff Record: N/A
2014-15 Overall Record: 2-8-2
Last CW Title/Total CW Titles: 2nd year in CIS
Last CIS Title/Total CIS Titles: 2nd year in CIS
Number of new players: 12
Key Recruits: Mitchell Popadynetz (F/Nelson, BC/Maple Ridge Secondary-UBC), Parker Denton ( M/Coquitlam, BC/Dr. Charles Best Secondary-Surrey United BCSPL) Olamide Ajibike (F/Maple Ridge, BC-Maple Ridge Secondary/Mountain United FC BCSPL),
Number of departing players: 5
Key Losses: Jacob Kaay (F/5)
Key performer: Travis Froehlich (5th year, keeper, Revelstoke, BC)
Travis was one of the top keepers in the Canada West in the WolfPack’s inaugural season. He will be counted on heavily again but will have added support in the backfield with the return of Kyle Fertile and Braeden Burrows (Two PACWEST all-stars who sat out last year).
Coach Quote: “We have been able to improve our offensive abilities, speed, depth and brought in experience to calm things down and give our kids appropriate time to develop.” – TRU head coach John Antulov
Key storyline: If there is one thing that you can say about the Thompson Rivers WolfPack men’s soccer program this year is that you won’t find a harder working team in the Canada West. Almost immediately after the book was closed on the WolfPack’s first season in CIS, head coach John Antulov began the task of scouting and planning for the 2015-16 campaign. Antulov utilized his contacts throughout Western Canada along with personally scouting hundreds of matches throughout the province to bring in some top recruits. Add to that, he worked with returning veterans in the spring to make sure their skill set was improved. As the curtain goes up on this season, the WolfPack have improved in almost every position and in their depth.