MSOC: UFV at Timberwolves Preview

Men's Soccer
August 26, 2019

Canada West Men’s Soccer Preview
August 30th, 2019 @ 6 PM
September 1st, 2019 @ 1 PM

UNBC Timberwolves (1-1-0)
4th in Pacific Division Standings
3 Goals For
3 Goals Against
Goals Leader: Alex Nielson, Michael Henman, Anthony Preston: 1 Goal
Assists Leader: Hussein Behery: 1 Assist
Points Leader: Michael Henman: 2 Points
Saves Leader: Rob Goodey: 7 Saves

Player to Watch:
Kensho Ando, M
A diminutive attacking midfielder, something good always seems to happen when Kensho Ando has the ball at his feet. A native of Tokyo, Japan, Ando has become a favourite among his new Timberwolf teammates, and will need to be assertive against a physical Cascades side. 

UFV Cascades (0-2-0)
7th in Pacific Division Standings
0 Goals For
4 Goals Against
Goals Leader:
Assists Leader:
Points Leader:
Saves Leader: Ethan Duggan: 6 Saves

Player to Watch:
Gurmaan Jhaj, M
Despite being shutout to open the season, the Cascades possess a dangerous attack, spearheaded by fifth-year Gurmaan Jhaj. The Canada West 1st Team All-Star netted 13 goals a season ago, and presents a physical challenge for a TWolves backline that used three freshmen on opening weekend.

-UNBC’s Rob Goodey reach 100 career saves last game vs UBCO
-UNBC’s Jonah Smith needs two games to reach 50 games played for his career
-UNBC’s Owen Stewart needs two points to reach 10 for his career
-UFV’s Gurmaan Jhaj needs 3 goals to tie Cascades’ career record of 20

UNBC’s Joel Watson

On the matchup with the Cascades…
“I think we should expect the same challenges that come with any team in this league. We know that UFV is a strong team and has many threats but we also have belief that we can out work any team which I believe shows character in each and every one of our players.”

On home opening weekend at Masich Place…
“Every weekend is exciting for me, it’s a chance to prove who we are and what we stand for in the league. The home opener is always a blast, the community support we get in Prince George is one of the best environments I’ve played in and I’m very grateful for that.”

On the key to victory this weekend…
“It’s important for us to match the intensity and standard of the match early on and hold our focus for the 90 minutes that counts.”

On the importance of the victory over UBCO…
“Saturday’s win was important for us as it showed what challenges we are able to overcome. From being 1-0 down to coming back with two goals really shows the determination and drive that our team holds. It’s important to recognize that as we all try to push each other to a higher standard. It took the whole to get the result we wanted.”