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TWolves get their chances, but clinical Spartans earn 3-1 victory in Prince George 

The UNBC Timberwolves had their chances, but it was Trinity Western who were the more clinical side, making the most of their chances and beating the TWolves 3-1 on Sunday, August 28th, 2022, in Prince George.

In the early going, the Timberwolves came out the hungrier side, causing turnovers and opportunities in the opening minutes. Their hard work would be rewarded in the eighth minute when Anthony Preston sent speedster Gregor Smith on a run behind the Spartans backline. The Kelowna product found Michael Henman for a tap-in finish, and the fourth-year finished it off, opening the scoring.

“I have been playing with Mikey for a while now. I know the spaces he is going to attack, so I knew I had to get a good ball in there so he could tap it home,” said Smith, postgame. “I am happy for Mike.”

UNBC continued to apply pressure, as second-year striker Connor Lewis gave TWU trouble on numerous occasions, but Trinity keeper Alex Cordeiro was up to the task.

Late in the half, Trinity was awarded a free kick from 22 yards out, and they made the home side pay. The ball was sent in to the box and UNBC keeper Daniel Zadravec ended up with a Spartan on top of him, before Adam Hajdecki was able to knock it past the chaos around the goal line and into the net.

“That was what kept us in it. That brought us motivation in the changeroom,” said TWU’s Brandon Torresan. “To bring up a new level f0r the second half, and I think that showed. We stayed composed, because they weren’t allowing us to play out, which we like to do. We communicated with each other, to understand how to beat their press.”

At the half, shots on goal were just 2-1 in favour of the Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves brushed off the late goal and came out intentional in the second half. Henman and Smith both had chances, while Tristan Torresan had a look for TWU, but the game stayed 1-1.

The Spartans found another gear as the half progressed, showing technical prowess in transition, and taking advantage of a UNBC backline that lost starting defenders Mitch Linley and Demian Dron in the game.

“They’re both huge guys. On set pieces, it’s nice to have a six-foot-five body in the box,” said Smith. “That hurt that area, but they’re also strong defenders. When you chop up your backline halfway through the game, it changes the dynamic, and that really hurt us.”

In the 73rd minute, the visitors found the go-ahead marker they were seeking when Brandon Torresen finished off a great pass from substitute Luca Alberti, b3ating an outstretched Zadravec and making it 2-1.

“Their transition was better than ours. We were transitioning all game, but we weren’t clinical enough,” said Smith. “They had two good transitions and scored.”

With UNBC pressing for the equalizer and nearly finding it on numerous occasions, Trinity took advantage at the other end, with Marcus Tjernagel getting in on a break and sliding one inside the right post for the insurance marker.

When the referee blew the final whistle, the Spartans had earned a 3-1 victory and a four-point road weekend.

“It’s huge, especially with two away games,” said Torresan. “It’s nice to get some points. Really good to build, and we are home next weekend. But it was nice to get some points away.”



UNBC actually outshot the Spartans 15-7, but left plenty of meat on the bone as far as making good on runs and potential scoring opportunities. They now prepare to welcome the Victoria Vikes next weekend at Masich Place for a doubleheader.

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