If Sean Wallace, John Antulov, Kevin Brechin and Sebastian Gardner didn’t believe in déjà vu before, they might after Sunday.
The four had to be thinking about that last week in Nanaimo as they saw their Thompson Rivers University WolfPack win the 2013 PACWEST men’s soccer title in penalty kicks.
The last time the school had won the title, it was 2007 and that too was decided in penalty kicks. On this day, it was a decision over the Douglas College Royals with TRU winning the match 4-3 on penalty kicks after the teams were tied 1-1 after regulation and overtime.
“It’s pretty satisfying for Seb I would imagine,” said WolfPack co- head coach Wallace. “In 2007, we were down 2-0 after the first half. We came back to tie and win it in PKs.”
Wallace and Antulov were the co-head coaches then, Brechin was the team’s trainer and Gardner – the only current fifth year on the TRU roster, was in his first season.”
Keeper Travis Froelich, a Salmon Arm Secondary grad, was chosen as the best goalie in the playoffs and is now in St. John, N.B. with the team for the 2013 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Soccer Nationals that began today.