TRU men undefeated on soccer pitch in weekend action against UNBC

In one of the wildest finishes local soccer fans have ever seen, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack and University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves scored twice in stoppage time and saw three goals in the final three minutes of the contest as they drew 3-3 in Canada West men’s soccer action on Sunday following a 3-1 TRU win on Saturday.

The Timberwolves got goals Sunday from Abou Cisse, Cody Gysbergs and Emmanual Drame. TRU scoring came from Thomas Lantmeeters, Finlay McPhie and Justin Donaldson.

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Gybergs notched his goal in the 88th minute. Donaldson and Drame tallied theirs in two minutes of extra time.

UNBC moves to 4-3-4 on the year while TRU is 3-6-3.

TRU had the good chances early.

The WolfPack had two corner kicks in the first 12 minutes, both just missed the mark as they were crossed into the crease occupied by Rob Goodey of UNBC.

In the 16th minute, Kalifa Fanne drove to the net and fired it just outside the left post.

But it was the Timberwolves who drew first blood. In the 30th minute, Abou Cisse put in a loose ball after a set piece for his first goal of the season.

UNBC had a glorious chance six minutes later when Owen Stewart went down the right side and took a shot which hit the cross bar. Liam Stewart picked up the loose-ball rebound and couldn’t capitalize.

The WolfPack tied the match seven minutes later as a left foot swipe by Thomas Lantmeeters resulted in his fourth goal of the year.

Thompson Rivers lost veteran Mitch Popadynetz in stoppage time in the first half after a lower body injury. He did not return for the second half and was replaced by rookie Dylan Hooper.

UNBC could have taken the lead in the 50th minute. Gardner came out of the net and left two UNBC players wide open. Francesco Bartolillo had a wide open net but put it outside on the left hand side of the cage.

In the 57 th minute, TRU’s Justin Donaldson got a loose ball and blasted it from 30 yards out that Goodey had to stretch to his right to get a piece of it.

UNBC keeper Goodey came up with a big stop in the 71st minute when Donaldson saw some open ground and hit a laser to the near left side.

The WolfPack took the lead off a corner kick in the 76th minute. Finlay McPhie was served a beauty from Donaldson for his first goal of the year. He outleapt two defenders to head the ball in. It was his first goal of the season.

In the 89th minute, UNBC got a penalty kick.

Cody Gysbers drew the Timberwolves even when he was awarded a penalty kick and beat Gardner to he left.

The WolfPack immediately came down field off the kick off. Donaldson showed his speed and accuracy as he blew down the left side and blasted it past a startled Goodey’s left shoulder.

Donaldson was named the TRU Bookstore/McDonalds’s Leader of the Pack player of the match for the second straight day.

But in the 95th minute, Gordon Hall of UNBC threw the ball into the center of the box where Emmanual Drame turned and fired it upstairs on a scrambly Gardner to tie the contest at three.

The WolfPack came away with a 3-1 victory over the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves on Saturday.

The WolfPack received scoring from from James Fraser, Justin Donaldson and Koffi Nyavor.

—TRU Sports Information

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