MSOC: Timberwolves at UFV Preview

October 18, 2018

Canada West Men’s Soccer Preview
October 19th, 2018 @ 630 PM PT
October 20th, 2018 @ 630 PM PT

UNBC Timberwolves (5-3-5)
3rd in Pacific Division Standings
18 Goals For
21 Goals Against
Goals Leader: Francesco Bartolillo: 5 Goals
Assists Leader: Francesco Bartolillo: 4 Assists
Points Leader: Francesco Bartolillo: 9 Points
Saves Leader: Rob Goodey: 70 Saves

Player to Watch:
Gordon Hall, D
Set to play in his final career regular season Canada West games, Hall will need to be his usual self against a dangerous Cascades squad. A premier defender, the native of Chilliwack has earned back-to-back conference all-star nods, and is well respected for his positioning, anticipation, and decision making.

UFV Cascades (6-6-1)
4th in Pacific Division Standings
24 Goals For
16 Goals Against
Goals Leader: Gurmaan Jhaj: 12 Goals
Assists Leader: Brady Weir: 3 Assists
Points Leader: Gurmaan Jhaj: 14 Points
Saves Leader: David Hicks: 36 Saves

Player to Watch:
Gurmaan Jhaj, M
A fourth-year midfielder from Aldergrove, B.C., Jhaj has set Canada West on fire with his goal scoring exploits this season. His 12 goals is second in the conference, and his 14 points have him third. The Timberwolves will need to neutralize Jhaj’s offense, especially in key moments, as the five-foot-ten paces all players with five game-winning goals.

UNBC’s Joel Watson

On the TWolves’ approach to the weekend…
“UFV is in a really good spot as well, just a couple points behind us. But, we are sitting in a great spot, and it is in our hands. It’s a lot better feeling than last year, depending on other teams.”

On the matchup with the Cascades…
“Last year was a tough game. We came out three points, which was good, but it was a really tough game. A bit of a grind. This year, they have a couple top strikers, and they have been really good scoring goals on set pieces.”

On pushing for the third seed…
“We are sitting in a good spot, so I’d like to say we have nothing to lose, but this is to prove our spot in the league. We want to be known as a top, contending team, and we want to secure our spot and have everyone know where we stand and how good we are as a team.”