MSOC: Wolfpack at Timberwolves Preview

Athletics Men's Soccer
August 24, 2017

August 26th & 27th, 2017
Canada West Men’s Soccer Preview
Thompson Rivers @ UNBC

UNBC Timberwolves (0-0)
2016 Regular Season Stats
12th in Canada West standings (4-10-2)
18 Goals For
34 Goals Against
Goals Leader : Francesco Bartolillo, Tofa Fakunle : 5 Goals
Assists leader:  Francesco Bartolillo, Tofa Fakunle : 4 Assists
Points Leader : Francesco Bartolillo, Tofa Fakunle : 9 Points

Player to Watch:
Tyrone Venhola, GK
After a year missed due to a concussion, Venhola returns to the Timberwolves lineup. The program’s all-time leader in saves and wins, Venhola looks to lead UNBC to a playoff appearance in his fifth and final season with the TWolves.

Thompson Rivers Wolfpack (0-0)
2016 Regular Season Stats
10th in Canada West Standings (6-9-1)
24 Goals For
24 Goals Against
Goals Leader : Ryan Glanville : 10 Goals
Assists leader: Mitchell Popadynetz : 5 Assists
Points Leader : Ryan Glanville : 11 Points

Player to Watch:
Ryan Glanville, F
One of the top goal scorers in Canada West, Glanville poses a true threat to the Timberwolves backline. Scoring four goals in two games against UNBC in 2016, the 4th year forward and his Wolfpack teammates will play host to the 2016 U Sports National Championship. 

UNBC’s Francesco Bartolillo

On the Timberwolves offensive attack this season…
“We have brought in some more physical guys who can more of a direct game. We now have the ability to switch in and out of different style of play. Our team has that ability to get in behind, but we are still able to maintain possession and control the pace of the game.”

On the challenges presented by TRU…
“They are going to be a tough matchup. With the automatic berth at Nationals, they have something to prove, so that is not going to make our lives any easier.”

On opening the season at home…
“Playing TRU at home for the first time since we joined Canada West is going to be awesome. Playing in front of the home crowd will give us that extra bit of energy needed for a rivalry matchup.”

On the importance of a strong start to the season…
“The past two years we have started 0-4, and coming back from that is a big mountain to climb. We really want to earn points this weekend, so that puts us on the right foot moving forward for the rest of the season.”