MSOC: Adams set to play big for Timberwolves in 2019

Men's Soccer
April 30, 2019

Good things come in small packages, and the UNBC Timberwolves think they have added a great example of that to the program as the University of Northern British Columbia’s Men’s soccer team has officially announced the commitment of five-foot-six Reid Adams for the 2019-2020 Canada West season.

“I have always wanted to do this. Soccer has been a big part of my life, and you want to be the best you can. That’s what this is. This is one of the best facilities I have ever seen, honestly. The team is all great guys. I can’t say a bad thing about it.”

The diminutive winger plays with the pace and IQ that the Timberwolves have become known for around the conference. The 17-year-old visited UNBC over the winter, training alongside the Timberwolves, and says he has turned his frame into a positive aspect of his game on the pitch.

“I am pretty quick, and I can really use my speed. Being small is an advantage. I like to take defenders on down the line. I like to make creative passes. Find the right pass and play it.”

A native of Victoria, Adams joins a TWolves roster that possesses a number of key contributors from Vancouver Island. Those connections, along with UNBC coach Steve Simonson’s link to the provincial capital, aided Adams’ decision to join the green and gold.

“It makes it so much easier, knowing eight or nine people on the team. Even though I don’t know them well yet, it is just nice having something in common, being from Victoria. You are going away from home to a place that is completely different than what I am used to. But, knowing that they have all done it makes it better.”   

Adams is a product of the Vancouver Island Wave and Lakehill Division 1 programs, and points to coach Dave Ravenhill as a major influence in his path. Timberwolves coach Steve Simonson met his newest recruit at an ID camp in 2018, and says Adams has the skill and drive to develop into an impact player for UNBC.

“We are very pleased to have someone of Reid’s ability and potential join our team. He is a very exciting young attacking player who we believe will add real quality to our program. I have gotten to know him over the past few years and he is a really good fit for our team both in terms of his footballing ability and his character.”

Set to graduate from Reynolds Secondary in June, Adams will enroll in biomedical studies at UNBC. He will join his new Timberwolves teammates for training camp in late July, and though he expects it to be an adjustment, playing at the highest level of university soccer in Canada is a challenge he is ready to accept.

“I think the load of how much soccer you are playing. Every day, and games more than once a week. It is going to be a different environment for me. I am so ready. I think it is going to be fun and it’s going to be a good year. I can’t wait to get started.”