Glanville was named Player of the Game for the bronze medal match-up. Photo by Andrew Snucins/TRU

Glanville was named Player of the Game for the bronze medal match-up. Photo by Andrew Snucins/TRU

Glanville leads TRU WolfPack to bronze medal victory

Former Williams Lake athlete named Player of the Game

Ryan Glanville’s university soccer career is ending on a high note.

The 33-year-old from Williams Lake led his team, the TRU WolfPack, to a 3-2 bronze medal victory before a thousand cheering fans in Kamloops Sunday. The triumph marked the first ever national win for the TRU WolfPack and the last university game for Glanville.

“Ending it on a win like this was just incredible. I’m still taking it all in. It was something I didn’t expect but I have enjoyed it and embraced it,” Glanville said Tuesday of capturing the win in the 2017 U SPORTS National Men’s Soccer Championship finals in front of friends and family.

“I never saw myself coming back to play university soccer and it was a huge commitment and a lot of sacrifice, but at the end of the day to be able to go out like this has made it all worth it.”

Glanville said competitive soccer players from small towns can sometimes face stigma, but he believes the support and guidance given to him by his hometown actually worked to his advantage throughout his soccer career.

“It’s incredible, the soccer community we have in Williams Lake,” Glanville said, mentioning past coaches and mentors such as Grant Gustafson, Tom Dell, Mike Grace and his father, Clark Glanville. He also credited older players with “toughening me up.”

“Growing up in Williams Lake, strange as it sounds, actually kind of gave me an advantage.”

Glanville said his success shows if you put in the work, it’s more than possible to achieve anything you put your mind to.

“It’s there for the taking.”

WolfPack head coach John Antulov said the bronze win was “surreal” and a great success for TRU’s athletic department.

Glanville was of course a big part of that success scoring a goal and an assist in the match-up. He was also chosen as the Player of the Game.

The WolfPack started on their march to a medal Thursday, Nov. 9, when the host team scored the lone goal in the second half of play at Hillside Stadium to win against the York University Lions.

Then Friday night, the squad faced off against the number one ranked team in U SPORTS, the Cape Breton Capers.

It was a close game, with the WolfPack forcing overtime, but the Capers pulled ahead to win it 4-2.

“The guys really battled,” Antulov said. “They showed resilience. Even when we went down 4-2 in the second overtime we had four or five great scoring opportunities. They didn’t quit. They kept on fighting.”

The bronze medal face off was a ‘Canada West battle’ against Glanville’s former team, the UBC Thunderbirds.

Read more about the bronze medal match-up: WolfPack men’s soccer: U SPORTS Bronze Medal Winners.

The game got underway at 11 a.m. and there were lots of fans there from Williams Lake to cheer him on, including Ryan’s twin brother Sean and mom Shirley.

“I am incredibly proud of him,” Shirley said from Kamloops. “It brings tears to my eyes when I think about what he has accomplished and how he gives so much of himself to his TRU team.”

Shirley said watching Ryan play soccer for almost three decades now has brought her so much pride and pleasure.

Ryan and Sean are both well-known for their athletics on the Esler soccer fields as teens, with Sean continuing to play here.

This is Ryan’s third and final nationals. He went to nationals twice with UBC, and now with TRU in his final year as a masters student.

Ryan has been named the Canada West First Team All-Star while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. At the championship he was also given the recognition of being selected to the U SPORTS Championship All-Star Team.

Off the soccer field, Glanville has been busy raising a young family – a son, Oliver, and a daughter, Lola – with his wife, Chantel.

“She’s been the rock that makes this all happen – I get emotional just thinking about it,” Glanville said of his wife. “None of this would be possible without her.”

Now that his soccer career has wrapped up, Glanville said he will turn his attention to other things.

“It’s time to shift gears, to be there for my children,” he said, adding he’ll be looking to take on a new hobby, and take a break from soccer.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Glanville leads TRU WolfPack to bronze medal victory

Glanville leads TRU WolfPack to bronze medal victory

Photo by Andrew Snucins/TRU                                 TRU WolfPack’s Ryan Glanville was named Player of the Game in the bronze medal match-up between TRU and UBC. Glanville was also named to the tournament’s All-Star Team.

Photo by Andrew Snucins/TRU TRU WolfPack’s Ryan Glanville was named Player of the Game in the bronze medal match-up between TRU and UBC. Glanville was also named to the tournament’s All-Star Team.

Glanville is preparing to play Sunday for a bronze medal in the 2017 U SPORTS National Men’s Soccer Championships in Kamloops. TRU photo

Glanville is preparing to play Sunday for a bronze medal in the 2017 U SPORTS National Men’s Soccer Championships in Kamloops. TRU photo

Just Posted

Mayor Walt Cobb waves from atop a tractor as he turns onto Oliver Street in the Daybreak Rotary’s annual Stampede Parade. Patrick Davies photo.
Lack of funding, volunteers has Daybreak Rotary bowing out of Williams Lake Stampede parade

Club learned this week it won’t be receiving local government funding, for the second year in a row

A nurse performs a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)
30 new COVID-19 cases, five more deaths in Interior Health

This brings the total number of cases to 7,271 since testing began

Williams Lake’s Brock Hoyer films a segment of the newly-released The Way Home in the city of Revelstoke. (Ryen Dunford photo)
Brock Hoyer stars in new snowbike film: The Way Home

The film is completely free and was released on YouTube on Jan. 22, 2021

The body of Kenneth Seymour Michell was discovered Jan. 14, 2021, behind a Williams Lake business a day after he was released by a judge on conditions. (Photo submitted)
Family looks for answers after Indigenous man dies by suicide following release from custody

System does not care about Indigenous peoples, says First Nations Leadership Council

FILE – A COVID-19 vaccine being prepared. (Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing)
B.C. seniors 80 years and older to get COVID vaccine details over next 2 weeks: Henry

Province is expanding vaccine workforce as officials ramp up age-based rollout

Dr. Bonnie Henry talk about the next steps in B.C.'s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
456 new COVID-19 cases in B.C., 2 deaths

Since January 2020, 78,278 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in B.C.

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Vaccinating essential workers before seniors in B.C. could save lives: experts

A new study says the switch could also save up to $230 million in provincial health-care costs

The late Michael Gregory, 57, is accused of sexually exploiting six junior high students between 1999 and 2005. (Pixabay)
Former Alberta teacher accused of sexually assaulting students found dead in B.C.

Mounties say Michael Gregory’s death has been deemed ‘non-suspicious’

According to a new poll, a majority of Canadians want to see illicit drugs decriminalized. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Majority of Canadians think it’s high time to decriminalize illicit drugs: poll

More than two-times the B.C. residents know someone who died from an overdose compared to rest of Canada

Interior Health officially declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Creekside Landing in Vernon on Jan. 3, which was followed by the first death from the virus 10 days later. (Kaigo photo)
COVID outbreak over at Vernon care home

Creekside Landing cleared of coronavirus, despite additional death in last day

(Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. residents can reserve provincial camp sites starting March 8

B.C. residents get priority access to camping reservations in province

Two women were arrested in Nanaimo for refusing to wear masks and causing disturbance on a BC Ferries vessel. (File photo)
B.C. ferry passengers arrested and fined for disturbance, refusing to wear masks

Police said woman threatened their pensions in Feb. 21 incident aboard Nanaimo-bound boat

Most Read