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TRU WolfPack hot at the right time, defeating number 1 seeded soccer team in first playoff round

Mitchell Popadynetz celebrating his goal. (via Canada West/ScreenCapture)

Forget the slow start, TRU's men's soccer team is on fire right now.

After beating the top-ranked team in the country last week, they took on — and out — the top-seeded team in their playoffs run this weekend. Yesterday, Saturday, Oct. 27, saw the WolfPack take a solid 3-1 victory against the University of Alberta Golden Bears, according to a press release, the top team in the Canada West Prairie division, and (at the time) sixth-ranked team nationally.

The team started the away game strong, with a 2-0 lead after the first half and held strong through the second to take home the victory.

TRU got goals from fifth-year Mitchell Popadynetz, second-year Joshua Banton and fourth year (and local product) Justin Donaldson. It was the Englishman Banton's second game-winning goal in two weeks.

The team's coach, John Antulov, was happy with the result, especially with the defenders facing a team known for offensive prowess.

"Overall it was a fantastic effort. The guys played great from beginning to end defensively," he says in the release. "The backline was absolutely fantastic."

The win sends them to the conference championships next weekend where they'll face off with three other top teams from the Pacific and Prairie divisions.

The WolfPack weren't a shoe-in for the playoffs this year, starting their 15-game season with a 2-6-2 record, but have been hot since early October, putting up a 4-1-0 record, not including yesterday's win.


Brendan Kergin

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Brendan Kergin is a digital reporter based in Kamloops.
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