SPARTANS SETTLE FOR DRAW WITH THOMPSON RIVERS ON THE ROAD

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Trinity Western's men's soccer team was forced to settle for a 3-3 draw with Thompson Rivers after the WolfPack roared back from a three-goal deficit Sunday afternoon.

TRU's Mitchell Popadynetz had two goals and assisted on the game-tying marker by teammate Justin Donaldson (3rd year, midfield, Kamloops, BC) in stoppage time.

Josh Hardy (Burnaby, B.C.), Joel Waterman (Aldergrove, B.C.) and Matthew Roxburgh (Langley, B.C.) scored for the Spartans (5-3-4).

After Hardy and Waterman tallied first-half goals, the Spartans extended their lead in the 74th minute when Roxburgh headed home a nifty chip across the box from Hardy.

However, TRU (4-2-5) battled back over the last 15 minutes, with Popadynetz scoring in the 77th minute on a penalty shot, before tallying again just beyond the 90-minute mark to set up a dramatic finish.

The loss sees TWU return home from its road weekend with just a single point after falling to UBC Okanagan 1-0 Saturday.

Hardy opened the scoring in the 14th minute when he blasted a shot past TRU keeper Alex Ram on the short side for his first regular season goal as a Spartan. Hardy is in his first year with TWU after transferring from Langara College.

Waterman doubled TWU's lead just before halftime with a nifty piece of footwork setting up a blast to the bottom right corner for his third goal of the year.

Both TWU's Sebastian Colyn (Langley) and the WolfPack's Ram made four saves on the seven shots they each faced.

QUOATABLE
TWU Head Coach Mike Shearon
"We did a good job of taking the chances that we did have in the first half. I thought we were solid defensively in the first bit and did a good job. In the second half we matched their intensity and got a good third goal. Then, we gave away three goals. Credit to TRU for not giving up and playing until the end. Obviously we're disappointed with the result and I think we should have got more, but we didn't."

UP NEXT
The Spartans will be home next weekend for a home and home series (Oct 6 and Oct 8) with the University of Fraser Valley Cascades. The teams play Friday night in Langley and then Sunday in Abbotsford. B.C.

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