KAMLOOPS, British Columbia – Thompson Rivers' Joshua Banton was the hero in today's match as he found the back of the Trinity Western net in the 91st minute to give the hometown WolfPack a 2-1 victory over the No. 8 Spartans Wednesday afternoon at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops, B.C.
The Spartans, who had secured second spot in the Pacific Division, see their record drop to 8-3-4, while the WolfPack, who are still fighting for a play-off spot, improve to 4-6-3.
TRU's Jackson Gardner (1st year, Chilliwack, BC) made two saves to earn the win, while TWU's Sebastian Colyn (2nd year, Langley, BC) made six saves in the loss.
TWU fourth year forward Aidan Moore (Langley, B.C.) opened the scoring in the 55th minute. Moore took a through ball from second year forward Pedro Paz Duarte (Brasalia) and sent the ball past a charging Gardner.
The WolfPack tied the match up in the 66th minute with a goal from fifth year midfielder Mitchell Popadynetz (Nelson, B.C.).
TRU's second year defender Joshua Banton (Leigth-on-sea, England) got the game winner in the 91st minute of the match.
TWU Head Coach Mike Shearon.
On the match
"It was an exciting game. I was proud of my young guys today. They went out and a lot of them were playing different roles. It was good to see they were ready to take on a battle. That's what we got today. The game could have gone either way."
- Prior to the match TWU was already locked into second spot in the Pacific Division. They could not catch first placed UBC, nor could they be caught by any of the teams below them in the standings.
- Today's match was a rescheduled game from August 26th. That match was postponed due to smoky conditions caused by the summer wildfires in the Okanagan.
- TRU outshot Trinity Western 12-9, with both teams having three corner kicks.
- The Spartans did not dress Leighton Johnson, Domenic Poletto, Jacob Low, and Bryce Prochanau.
This was the Spartans last match of the Canada West regular season, TWU has clinched a host play-off spot and will play the quarter final match on Saturday, October 27. Match time is set for 7:30 p.m. at Chase Office Field. The WolfPack will close out their season next weekend (Oct 20-21) when they host the University of Victoria Vikes and the UBC Thunderbirds.