As far as Alan Alderson could see, the UNBC Timberwolves men’s soccer team played two good games on the weekend at Trinity Western
“I had one of my players come off Friday,” said the coach, “and tell me he thought it was the best game he’d had all season. I had to take his word for it, because I couldn’t see him through the fog.”
That fog probably had something to do with a 3-0 loss the Wolves suffered on Friday before picking up a 1-1 tie on Saturday.
“By the time we got down to the airport on Friday,” Alderson said, “we had to change on the bus, get to the field, do a quick warmup, and play.
“We got some sleep and played a lot better Saturday. They played far closer to their potential on Saturday.”
Centre midfielder Tyson Hunter, a Langley product who grew up near the TWU campus, had two solid games on the weekend, while keeper Ty Venhola was sparkling, especially on Friday.
“We were playing a man short for the entire second half after a red card, and I couldn’t always see the goal, but I knew Ty was keeping them out. I did see him make a couple of great saves.”
Saturday, he said the entire starting lineup played well, with Hunter setting up Cheona Edzerza for the goal.
“That came off a set piece. It’s always nice to see something you’ve worked on in practice work in a game.”
The Wolves conclude their Canada West season with a pair of games against Victoria. The games will go Saturday and Sunday at the North Cariboo Men’s Soccer Fields on 18th Avenue. Kickoff time is noon each day.
The UNBC women’s soccer team finished off their regular season with a pair of losses in Saskatchewan on the weekend, but coach Andy Cameron was more than pleased with the overall performance.
“We had a tremendous season. We made up almost 50 goals in goal difference from last year, we’ve become much more organized offensively and defensively.
“We also had a significant number of first-year players get a good amount of playing time.”
The Wolves lost 1-0 to Regina on Saturday before finishing the season with a 3-0 loss to the University of Saskatchewan on Sunday.
“We were unlucky not to get a tie in Regina,” Cameron said. “Then on Sunday, we were a tired team. We had some travel issues getting out to Regina to start with, Saskatchewan had a rested team waiting for us, and the two fields are quite different. One of them was 80 yards wide and the other was 66, which makes quite a difference.”
As she had all season, goalkeeper Jordan Hall played all 180 minutes of the games on the weekend.
“It wasn’t our intention to have her play every minute this season. She was the number one goalie coming into the season, and it just worked out that way.”