Heat cooking up TRU talent in PCSL ranks
The recent success of the Kamloops Heat in the under-21 men’s reserve Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL) is a good sign for the TRU WolfPack.
Well over 80 per cent of the Heat’s roster will suit up for the WolfPack men’s team in Pacific Western Athletic Association play this fall.
TRU co-head coaches Sean Wallace and John Antulov took the Heat’s reins this season and are undefeated through six games, with four wins and two ties.
“For us, having that continuity with Sean and myself, the players are familiar with us and each other,” Antulov said.
The Heat are playing under the umbrella of the Kamloops Excel, the PCSL men’s premier club that could not field a team this season.
“The PCSL called us and asked if we could put a team in,” Antulov said.
“We try and use the under-21 program to look at recruits and look at players that are coming into the [TRU] program.”
Darren Dinsdale, who red-shirted for the Pack last season, scored the Heat’s only goal in a 1-1 draw with West Van FC on McArthur Island on Saturday, June 16.
Also in the lineup for Kamloops was Seb Gardner, who is attempting to make an inspirational comeback to the WolfPack lineup this fall.
“He was diagnosed with lymphoma recently and he’s been going through his cancer treatment and going through chemo,” Antulov said.
“He’s got his last chemo treatment this coming week.
“Hopefully, he gets a scan after that and everything goes well.”
Next up for Kamloops is a tilt with the Total Soccer Systems Academy Stars of Richmond at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 29, at Hillside Stadium.
The women’s premier Kamloops Heat of the PCSL suffered a 5-1 defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC on McArthur on Saturday before being handed a 1-0 win by default over the NSGSC Eagles on Sunday, June 17.
Sarah Seebach scored the Heat’s only goal.
The Heat are on the Lower Mainland this weekend for games against Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC and TSS Academy.