Following a season that saw program records for victories, goals, and points, the UNBC Men’s soccer team has its eyes set firmly on a return to the Canada West playoffs. With the conference schedule release, the Timberwolves now know the nine schools they will be battling along the way in the 2019 season.
The TWolves open the 2019 campaign on the road, visiting the UBC Okanagan Heat in Kelowna on August 23rd and 24th. The two teams clashed in Prince George in 2018, playing to a 0-0 draw and a 1-0 UNBC victory.
The Timberwolves home opener at Masich Place is scheduled for Friday, August 30th against the visiting UFV Cascades.
On Friday, September 13th, UNBC will play host to a single-game weekend against a Prairie Division opponent, the Mount Royal Cougars.
The final home weekend of the season is set for October 19th and 20th, when the Timberwolves entertain their perennial rivals, the Thompson Rivers WolfPack. In 2018, the Pack went on a three-game winning streak to close out the season and eliminate the Timberwolves, despite having identical winning percentages.
Coach Steve Simonson’s squad will look to improve on a 5-4-6 season, and are hoping their second season calling Masich Place Stadium home will be the best year yet.
The Timberwolves will not have a fifth-year player on the roster, but return some highly-experienced veterans in Cody Gysbers, Jonah Smith, Owen Stewart, James Stephens, Joel Watson, and goalkeeper Rob Goodey. They will be joined by a wealth of talented freshmen and sophomores in Anthony Preston, Abou Cisse, Michael Henman, Mitch Linley, Graeme Lewis, Demian Dron, and Daniel Zadravec, as well as talented transfer Hussein Behery.
The program said goodbye to a massive class of ten graduating student-athletes following the 2018 season, including Canada West First team All-Star Gordon Hall, Conrad Rowlands, Francesco Bartolillo, Josh McAvoy, and Liam Stewart.
For fans looking to catch all the action, 2019-2020 Canada West TV passes are now on sale, with the early-bird pricing available until the end of June.
2019 Timberwolves Men’s Soccer Schedule
Friday, August 23 – UNBC @ UBCO – 5:30 PM
Saturday, August 24 – UNBC @ UBCO – 5:30 PM
Friday, August 30 – UFV @ UNBC – 6 PM
Sunday, September 1 – UFV @ UNBC – 1 PM
Friday, September 6 – UNBC @ Victoria – 7:15 PM
Saturday, September 7 – UNBC @ Victoria – 7:15 PM
Friday, September 13 – MRU @ UNBC – 7 PM
Saturday, September 21 – UNBC @ Alberta – 1:15 PM PT
Sunday, September 22 – UNBC @ MacEwan – 1:30 PM PT
Friday, September 27 – UBC @ UNBC – 6 PM
Sunday, September 29 – UBC @ UNBC – 12 PM
Friday, October 4 – UNBC @ TWU – 7:15 PM
Saturday, October 5 – UNBC @ TWU – 7:15 PM
Saturday, October 19 – TRU @ UNBC – 1 PM
Sunday, October 20 – TRU @ UNBC – 1 PM