MSOC: Timberwolves at Saskatchewan Preview

September 12, 2018

Canada West Men’s Soccer Preview
UNBC @ Saskatchewan
September 16th, 2018
10 AM PT

UNBC Timberwolves (0-1-2)
6th in Pacific Division Standings
5 Goals For
6 Goals Against
Goals Leader: Bartolillo, Gysbers, Preston, Rowlands, Stewart: 1 Goal
Assists Leader: Bartolillo, Hall, Henman, Jubinville: 1 Assist
Points Leader: Francesco Bartolillo: 2 Points
Saves Leader: Rob Goodey: 15 Saves

Player to Watch:
Conrad Rowlands, D
Rowlands has been a fiery defender for the Timberwolves for five seasons. A forward in his freshman season, the native of Chilliwack made the successful transition to the backline in his second season and has not looked back. The Huskies possess a number of offensive threats, so Rowlands will be leaned on to provide his usual brand of steady defense.

Saskatchewan Huskies (2-2-0)
4th in Prairie Division Standings
9 Goals For
8 Goals Against
Goals Leader: Tyler Redl: 4 Goals
Assists Leader: Nikolas Baikas: 5 Assists
Points Leader: Nikolas Baikas : 6 Points
Saves Leader: Greg Buckley: 26 Saves

Player to Watch:
Nikolas Baikas, F
Four games into his Canada West career, Nikolas Baikas has already registered six points. A five-foot-ten forward from Saskatoon, Baikas has proven to be a dynamic threat. Yet to be held off the scoresheet in any game, Baikas will draw plenty of attention from Timberwolves defenders.

UNBC’s Liam Stewart

On the Timberwolves’ current mindset…
“We have had leads in all our games, and we have let those leads slip. We will learn from that, take the positives, and improve heading into this weekend. We are an adaptable team, so we match up well against everyone in the league.”

On the one-game matchup with the Huskies…
“They’re a good team. They score goals. When you head out East, there are teams you aren’t used to and guys you don’t really know. But you can really go all-out for that single game. Everyone can empty the tank for the one game and not worry about the next game, so it changes the mindset and preparation.”

On getting the first win of the Canada West season…
“It would be nice to get it out of the way this weekend, but we aren’t going to worry. It’s still very early in the season. We have three games in a row against the East teams, so we are excited for those and we feel we can win all three.”