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Penticton soccer player helps keep WolfPack unbeaten

James Fraser helps Tru Wolfpack topple University of Lethbridge Pronghorns
Penticton’s James Fraser dekes around a University of Lethbridge Pronghorns player in a 3-2 win for the TRU WolfPack. Submitted photo

The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team extended their unbeaten streak to five, with the help of Penticton’s James Fraser.

With two goals and one assist for the WolfPack, he was named the TRU Bookstore/Mcdonalds Leader of the Pack player of the match in the 3-2 win over the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns on Sept. 17.

“We are good. We are getting ties and wins. We have this momentum going. I am not even thinking of losses right now,” said Fraser.

TRU had 10 corner kicks in the first half with one resulting in a goal. It came in the 26 th minute when Fraser blasted it in off a corner.

“ My boy Jan (Jan Pirretas Glasmacher-first year, defender, Barcelona, Spain) gave me a nice flick and it popped right out to me. It was an instinct goal and a nice one to get,” said Fraser.

It was the first of two he had on the day as he notched his second in the 61st minute.

“Feels good to get one off a corner. We are one of the biggest teams in the league and until today we hadn’t been able to get one.”

Fraser also set up the third WolfPack goal. That came in the 81st minute when Anatoli Leveille (first year, midfield, Winnipeg, MB) scored his first Canada West career marker.

At the age of 16, Leveille is the youngest player in USports Soccer.

In the 51 st minute, Lethbridge’s Sean Gasket (fourth year, midfield, Lethbridge, AB) was given a red card for colliding with WolfPack defender Finlay McPhie (fourth year, Vernon). McPhie went down favoring his face. Lethbridge played the rest of the match with 10 men.

56 th minute, Mike Weigle (4th year, midfield, Okotoks, AB) of the Pronghorns breaks in, WolfPack keeper Lubo Magdolen (second year, Kamloops) of the WolfPack came out and collided with him outside the box, garnering a yellow card. He was replaced by the rookie Alex Ram (Leicester, England).

Lethridge’s lone marker came on a penalty kick in the 90th minute when Dominque Point du Jour (fifth year, midfield, Calgary) scored his second of the season.

“We were getting a lot of opportunities in the first half. I thought we could have been sharper. I thought overall we held good possession but I thought in front of the net, we did have good chances. But, we could have scored on more of them,” said Wolfpack head coach John Antulov.

The WolfPack will be on the road for their next matches(Sept. 23 and 24) in Calgary against the Mount Royal University Cougars and Saskatoon against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.

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