MSOC: Timberwolves at TRU Preview

Men's Soccer
October 3, 2018

Canada West Men’s Soccer Preview
October 6th, 2018 @ 1 PM PT
October 7th, 2018 @ 1 PM PT

UNBC Timberwolves (4-2-3)
4th in Pacific Division Standings
13 Goals For
15 Goals Against
Goals Leader: Francesco Bartolillo: 5 Goals
Assists Leader: Francesco Bartolillo: 3 Assists
Points Leader: Francesco Bartolillo: 8 Points
Saves Leader: Rob Goodey: 45 Saves

Player to Watch:
Matt Jubinville, F
A longtime Timberwolf, Jubinville has been battling injury woes over the past few seasons, but understands the game and often makes the correct decisions with and without the ball. A gritty, positionally-sound forward, Jubinville is dangerous on set plays, and will look to battle with an imposing WolfPack backline.

TRU WolfPack (2-6-2)
7th in Pacific Division Standings
14 Goals For
14 Goals Against
Goals Leader: James Fraser: 4 Goals
Assists Leader: Mitch Popadynetz: 4 Assists
Points Leader: James Fraser: 6 Points
Saves Leader: Alex Ram: 12 Saves

Player to Watch:
Justin Donaldson, M
With 13 goals over the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Donaldson has proven to be a major threat every time he steps on the pitch. A fourth-year Kamloops product, the sturdy midfielder has just one goal this year, but is a constant risk to use his potent shot. Donaldson will be on the TWolves radar, particularly in their own third.

UNBC’s Cody Gysbers

On the mindset of the TWolves…
“We are definitely happy  where we are right now. It was a tough couple games last weekend,  but honestly, we are sitting pretty good. We have gotten points off of teams that we were looking to get points from, like our crossover games. Getting nine points there, was a definite improvement over last season’s three.”

On preparing for the WolfPack…
“They’re always a tough team to play against. They make it a fight. They’re a good team, but they haven’t had the success of last year, so they are going to come in looking to regain that spot.”

On keys to success against TRU…
“They’re a tough team play against, and they have some big bodies. But we do as well. We are both really competitive teams, so it is always a fight playing against them. We need to settle the ball down and keep it at our feet. Try to make it as little a fight as possible, because that is when they thrive.”