The Dinos went on to win 1-0, one in every of simply three TRU losses on the season.
“We wish to redeem ourselves from that sport. I believed we performed okay — not the most effective that we’ve performed,” Head Coach John Antulov explains. “For us to have the ability to come again, play them once more, I believe offers us that little further incentive.”
Within the final 5 video games, the WolfPack have misplaced simply as soon as — nonetheless, they haven’t gained in these 5 video games, both.
Fifth-year keeper Jackson Garnder has 4 clear sheets in his previous 5 contests and sees that because of a dedication to group defence.
“Offence wins video games, defence wins championships,” Gardner says. “That’s sort of what we’re striving for right here. Clearly, we wish to win that nationwide championship, come November, as nicely. Even for those who have a look at the offence, the objectives won’t be getting into, nevertheless it begins from up there. The work that the strikers are placing in to place strain on the backline of the opposing groups has sort of a ripple impact all the way in which down and makes it simpler on the backline, and on the finish of the day offers me much less work to do.”
With 16 shutouts in his Canada West soccer profession, Gardner now has a share of the tenth spot all-time within the convention for clear sheets. Regardless of these numbers, he was ignored on this 12 months’s Canada West all-star choice.
“He’s been superb for us,” Anutlov says of his goalkeeper. “The truth that, up to now, he hasn’t gained any all-stars or something like that has been a little bit of a shock to me. On the finish of the day, he’s been an all-star for us, and he’s been superb.”
Antulov isn’t anxious in regards to the lack of offensive manufacturing. Nevertheless, he is aware of his group must capitalize on these possibilities in the event that they hope to maneuver on to the Canada West Last 4.
“I’d be extra anxious if we weren’t creating alternatives, if we weren’t getting pictures,” Antulov says. “However the truth that we’ve been outshooting groups, getting actually good scoring alternatives makes me really feel good. I advised the blokes, ultimately the objectives will come.”
Gardner is aware of the ‘Pack can be in powerful this weekend. Nevertheless, he’s assured his guys can get it accomplished — however can also be hoping there’s an enormous crowd at Hillside Stadium on Friday evening to cheer them on.
“You go to a few of the different universities and see the ambiance they’ve at their video games, and also you nearly really feel sorry for them,” Gardner says. “The issues we do out right here, with the superb help we get, domestically after which from the college itself, as nicely. We’ve got a fantastic help system right here, and taking part in in entrance of our followers is unbelievable.”
Sport time for the Canada West quarterfinal between TRU and Calgary is 7:00 pm on Friday evening at Hillside Stadium.