The UNBC Timberwolves mens soccer team lost both games at home on the weekend against the University of British Columbia.
UNBC coach Alan Alderson, though, didnt sound too upset about the 3-1 and 4-0 defeats.
We played the defending national champions, probably one of the top three teams again this year, and we didnt get killed.
The scoreline was much better than ir could have been.
So was Alderson happy with the way the Timberwolves played?
I didnt say I was happy.
Saturdays 4-1 win stretched UNBCs winning streak to seven games, as they scored twice in each half. The first goal came just three minutes into the game, after UNBC keeper Ty Venhola stopped a penalty kick, but was unable to block the rebound.
On Saturday, Alderson said, UBC did what champions do. They came out and they played their game, at their level. Our guys got to see what a top teams looks like.
The Wolves were down 4-0 until Connor Noftle converted a free kick with about 10 minutes to go. Alderson commended his team for not quitting.
The positive was we kept fighting against a superior team. It was great to see Connor execute a set piece wed worked on.
Sundays 3-0 loss, however, was a different story, according to Alderson.
If we were going to get points, it would have been Sunday because UBC came out slow.
It took us a long time to work ourselves into the game, though, and we missed our chance. We have to develop the habit of battling hard for the whole game, regardless of the opponent.
Alderson gave credit to keepers Venhola and Mitch Macfarlane for their play on the weekend, and singled out one other Twolve for his efforts.
Tyson Hunter had two fantastic games for us. He was just a tireless worker all weekend. His ability on the ball was great, and finding people with the ball was key.
Sometimes what he does goes unnoticed, but he played great.
UNBC travels to Alberta this weekend for games against Lethbridge on Sunday and Calgary on Monday.
Were looking forward to the Alberta trip, Alderson said. Its a chance to put more and more of what weve been working on into practice.
Hopefully well enjoy the rewards of bringing home a few points.
The UNBC womens team had a bye on the weekend, but gets back into action with home games against Manitoba tonight (Friday) at 7 p.m. and Winnipeg on Sunday at noon. Both games are at the North Cariboo Senior Soccer fields off 15th Avenue.