Michael Henman and the hometown UNBC Timberwolves embraced the spoiler role on the final day of the Canada West men’s soccer regular season.
Henman scored in the third minute on Sunday in Prince George, the match-winning marker in a 1-0 victory over the TRU WolfPack.
"I was a little frustrated with the first 10 minutes,” WolfPack head coach John Antulov told TRU Sports Information. “I thought we came out a little flat and probably weren't as prepared as we should have been and that's on me as a coach to make sure the team is ready to go.”
The loss was costly for the Pack, who would have earned the right to host a Canada West playoff match for the first time in program history with a victory over UNBC, which finished the campaign 2-5-5 and out of the playoffs.
Ryan Lewis scored for the Pack in a 1-0 win over the T-wolves on Saturday in Prince George, with goalkeeper Jackson Gardner picking up the clean sheet.
TRU (4-3-5) placed fourth in the West Division to set up a quarter-final tilt on Saturday in Calgary against the Mount Royal Cougars (6-1-3), who finished first in the Central Division.
"It's going to be a really tough matchup," said Antulov, whose charges fell 1-0 to Mount Royal in pre-season play in Kamloops. "They've been scoring goals in bunches, so we're going to have to make sure we are strong defensively and that guys are focused and ready to go.”
The Cougars edged the WolfPack 2-1 in a quarter-final matchup in Calgary in 2019. The 2020 Canada West season was pre-empted by the pandemic.
TRU has qualified for the playoffs in four consecutive seasons.