MSOC: Lethbridge/Calgary at Timberwolves Preview

September 19, 2018

Canada West Men’s Soccer Preview
Lethbridge @ UNBC
September 21st, 2018
6 PM PT

UNBC Timberwolves (1-1-2)
4th in Pacific Division Standings
8 Goals For
6 Goals Against
Goals Leader: Francesco Bartolillo: 3 Goals
Assists Leader: Francesco Bartolillo: 3 Assists
Points Leader: Francesco Bartolillo: 6 Points
Saves Leader: Rob Goodey: 21 Saves

Player to Watch:
Jonah Smith, M
A third-year midfielder, Smith is a poised performer who battles for every ball. A native of Nelson, and a product of Victoria, Smith has started every game in his UNBC career, and will need to be his steady self against the visiting Pronghorns.

Lethbridge Pronghorns (0-5-1)
6th in Prairie Division Standings
3 Goals For
14 Goals Against
Goals Leader: Davies, Gaiesky, Hammerton: 1 Goal
Assists Leader: Stephen Primeau: 2 Assists
Points Leader: Stephen Primeau : 2 Points
Saves Leader: Nolan French: 31 Saves

Player to Watch:
Sean Gaiesky, M
Playing in his fifth season of Canada West soccer, Gaieksy will play his hometown team for the final time. The captain of the Prongorns, the midfielder is a graduate of DP Todd Secondary, and will look to help his Lethbridge side earn their first victory of the year.

Canada West Men’s Soccer Preview
Calgary @ UNBC
September 23rd, 2018
12 PM PT

UNBC Timberwolves (0-1-2)
4th in Pacific Division Standings
8 Goals For
6 Goals Against
Goals Leader: Francesco Bartolillo: 3 Goals
Assists Leader: Francesco Bartolillo: 3 Assists
Points Leader: Francesco Bartolillo: 6 Points
Saves Leader: Rob Goodey: 21 Saves

Player to Watch:
Michael Henman, F
A first year striker, Henman is a smooth athlete who projects to be an excellent goal-scorer for the Timberwolves. With a willingness to put pressure on opposing defenses, the native of Victoria is always a threat to create opportunities for the TWolves.

Calgary Dinos (2-4-0)
4th in Prairie Division Standings
7 Goals For
10 Goals Against
Goals Leader: Leonardo Culina: 2 Goals
Assists Leader: Bohdan, Spolnik: 2 Assists
Points Leader: Bohdan, Culina, Fillo, Spolnik, Zuczek: 2 Points
Saves Leader: Jake Ruschkowski: 31 Saves

Player to Watch:
Leonardo Culina, M
A talented midfielder, Culina currently paces the Dinos in goals this season. The native of Calgary registered a single point over his first two campaigns with U of C, but looks to be a focal point of the offense in his third Canada West season.

Quotes:
UNBC’s Aidan Way


On momentum after a victory in Saskatchewan…
“Early in the year we had some tough results, and some bounces that didn’t go our way. But we kept on working, and that was a really big weekend, getting those three points against Saskatchewan. That was important for us, so I think we should keep building on that momentum, and keep on pushing.”

On the matchup with the Pronghorns…
“Lethbridge is a good team with a great workrate. They will outwork most teams they play, so I think that is really important for us. Making sure we get to second balls, playing the right way, and playing how we play.”


On the matchup with the Dinos…
“Calgary is a fantastic team. They definitely have a few players who could cause trouble for us, and really put us on our back foot. So, hopefully, we eliminate those threats, and outwork them.  Just really put our best foot forward.”