WolfPack men narrowly defeat UBCO

Adam Williams, Sports Editor Ω

With a 1-0 win over the University of B.C. Okanagan (UBCO) Heat on Sept. 30, the WolfPack men’s soccer team has matched their win total from last season.

The match sat tied at zero for the majority of the 90 minutes, as both teams traded chances and goalkeeper Travis Froehlich was forced to make a few keys saves. Though they were unable to come out to an early lead, the WolfPack were happy with their start.

“Well we came out in the first half and we controlled a lot of the play,” said co-head coach Sean Wallace. “It’s against a team like this, they don’t have a win yet, so they’re very dangerous. They don’t have anything to lose and at the end of the first half it was 0-0 and we said to the guys, ‘we gotta come out and take it to them. We can’t let them hang around.’”

The Heat managed to hang around in the second half but it didn’t end up costing the WolfPack. In the 82nd minute TRU potted the go-ahead goal. Austin Schneebeli worked the ball into the box on a lengthy throw-in from the corner and Oriol Torres fought off the Heat defenders to net his third goal of the season. It’s a play that the ‘Pack have been working on in practice, in an effort to make use of Schneebeli’s exceptional throw-in abilities. When he was unable to play due to injury, Schneebeli spent last season working to improve that aspect of his game and his hard work paid dividends Sunday.

“We’ve been working on that long throw play for a while and got it to work this time,” Schneebeli said. “It’s the first time that’s happened all year and it worked out pretty well.”

Heading into the second half of the season, the WolfPack currently sit in fifth place in the PACWEST standings, two points back of the Langara College Falcons. While the team isn’t currently in a playoff spot, there is still plenty of time to work their way into the top four. Wallace cited one area in particular that he hopes his team will be able to improve in the second half of the season.

“We just need someone to step up and score a few more goals and it won’t be so tense,” Wallace said.

The WolfPack will return to Hillside Stadium Oct. 13, to face Quest University and Langara College.