TRU Wolfpack secures last minute victory

James Fraser’s 90th-minute goal brings the Wolfpack to victory against the Heat

James Fraser, #9, came in at the last second securing this weekend’s match victory against the UBCO Heat. (Allen Douglas/TRU Athletics)

With barely a moment to spare and a goal off the head of James Fraser at the 90th-minute mark, the TRU Wolfpack were able to pull off a 2-1 victory over  UBC Okanagan Heat on Sept. 18.

This is the second time the Wolfpack have been able to sneak in last-minute goals after a 90th minute equalizer last weekend allowed them to snag a tie with the UBC Thunderbirds.

“It’s pretty exciting for the fans, but definitely for the coaching staff it puts a couple of extra years on our life for sure,” said WolfPack head coach John Antulov on the dramatic finish to the game.

A back-and-forth affair throughout the night, the WolfPack took the lead in the first half thanks to Mikkel Rosenlund’s second goal of the year. The Heat equalized early in the second half and the game appeared to be heading for a tie before the response from Fraser.

“Overall I thought we played well, a good solid game and we were strong defensively. Building out of the back we did some really good things,” said Antulov. “We weren’t creating a lot in the final third in the first half, but I thought in the second half we were doing a better job of getting shots on goal and putting the ‘keeper under pressure.”

Saturday’s events were the first of many matches between the two Interior rival teams especially as the annual President’s Cup competition beginnings again. Contested every year since 2014, the Presidents’ Cup is awarded to the school that takes the most points in the head-to-head games across all sports between TRU and UBCO throughout the year.

The win sees TRU grab their first victory of the year and moves their record to 1-0-2. The result is also the first decisive victory in the battle for the President’s Cup, a year-long competition across all sports between TRU and UBCO.