Ryan Glanville (left) of Williams Lake helped make it close

Ryan Glanville (left) of Williams Lake helped make it close

Glanville, WolfPack eliminated from playoff contention

The season is over for Williams Lake's Ryan Glanville and his Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men's soccer teammates.

The season is over for Williams Lake’s Ryan Glanville and his Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer teammates.

The WolfPack lost their last three Canada West regular season matches including their final one on Saturday, Oct. 22 in a 2-1 loss to the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.

The WolfPack’s loss, coupled with the University of British Columbia Okanagan’s 3-2 extra time victory over the University of Victoria, determined the WolfPack would finish fifth and out of the Canada West postseason.

Glanville, a fourth-year player, kept the WolfPack in the team’s final game scoring in the 75th minute to put the WolfPack within one after they fell behind 2-0 in the first half.

On Friday, the WolfPack couldn’t capitalize on their scoring chances and opened the critical final weekend of play with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the UVIC Vikes at Centennial Park.

TRU finished the season with six  wins, eight losses and a tie.

“We are disappointed,” WolfPack head coach John Antulov said following the defeat against the Thunderbirds.

“The guys rebounded from last night’s loss to UVIC and played fantastic. The first goal was a clear-cut foul which wasn’t called. Claye (Harsany) had the ball and was hit from the side and lost the ball. The second goal was a mistake on our part.

“After that goal we came back and played well the rest of the match and Ryan (Glanville) scored a beautiful goal on a cross from Maxime Fieujean.”

On the team’s late-season demise, Antulov said the team needed to be more focused and play consistently for 90 minutes.

“Against Victoria we were solid for 65 minutes and should have been up 4-0 and let it slip away,” Antulov said. “Today (Saturday) we did play consistent.

“But our biggest obstacle moving forward is to be able to get over the mental hurdle that we can compete on a consistent basis. We have an excellent core which we can build upon for next year.

“We need to add just a few more pieces. We had our destiny on our own hands and failed to act on it. We allowed UBCO to take it away from us.”

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