MSOC: Victoria at Timberwolves Preview

August 22, 2018

Canada West Men’s Soccer Preview
UVIC @ UNBC
August 24th @ 6 PM @ Masich Place
October 25th @ 6 PM @ Masich Place

UNBC Timberwolves (5-5-6 last season)
4th in Pacific Division Standings
17 Goals For
17 Goals Against
(Returning) Goals Leader: Cody Gysbers : 3 Goals
(Returning) Assists Leader: Francesco Bartolillo, Jonah Smith, Owen Stewart: 1 Assist
(Returning) Points Leader: Cody Gysbers : 3 Points
(Returning) Saves Leader: Rob Goodey : 0 Saves

Player to Watch:
Rob Goodey, G
In his fourth season with the Timberwolves program, Goodey looks to be the leader between the pipes for UNBC. Younger brother of longtime TWolf Dan Goodey, the athletic keeper has the trust of his teammates and coaching staff. Positionally sound and even keeled, Goodey will be important against a Vikes squad that scored 19 goals in the 2017-2018 season.

Victoria Vikes (6-8-1 last season)
5th in Pacific Division Standings
19 Goals For
33 Goals Against
(Returning) Goals Leader : Ian Whibley : 2 Goals
(Returning) Assists Leader : Will Adams, Jack Hill : 2 Assists
(Returning) Points Leader : Will Adams, Ian Whibley : 3 Points
(Returning) Saves Leader: Jas Lally : 20 Saves

Player to Watch:
Will Adams, M
A five-foot-eight midfielder, Adams is coming off a freshman season that saw him notch three points for an offensively dynamic Victoria side.  A childhood teammate of a number of Timberwolves, the Reynolds Secondary graduate will be important to the Vikes’ attack.

Quotes:
UNBC’s Conrad Rowlands

On the Timberwolves’ strengths heading into the season…
“We have major depth. We have a lot of young guys coming in who are showing a lot of promise and a lot of confidence. There has been a ton of development from last offseason, so we are looking strong.”

On keys to the matchup with the Vikes…
“We need to show maturity through the entire ninety minutes. Sometimes we lack that for a few minutes, so it is about consistency throughout the game. They’re a direct time, and they are always really fit. We are looking forward to hosting them and having an exciting game.”

On the TWolves seniors playing their final home games…
“It’s huge for us. We have never had a stadium, so we are all excited and chomping at the bit to get playing there. Obviously, we haven’t been able to get on the pitch as much because of the smoke. But it is a beautiful facility. The city has done a great job and we are very excited.”