Henman’s hat trick propels Timberwolves to 4-1 win over Vikes

It was the performance the UNBC Timberwolves were looking for. After a disappointing opening weekend, the TWolves jumped on the Victoria Vikes early and didn’t look back, beating the island visitors 4-1 on Friday, September 1.

It was the performance the UNBC Timberwolves were looking for.

After a disappointing opening weekend, the TWolves jumped on the Victoria Vikes early and didn’t look back, beating the island visitors 4-1 on Friday, Sept. 2 in Prince George.

It didn’t take long for the Timberwolves to fire. Applying pressure from the start, UNVC earned a corner kick that paid off in the third minute. Loïc Benquet sent the ball into the box and found Michael Henman’s header, who buried it past Vikes keeper Harjot Nijjar for his second of the season to open the scoring.

In the 16e minute, the Vikes responded. After a 25-yard foul, Victoria’s Javier Sagaste put a perfect free kick into the box which Sam McDonald found with his header, beating UNBC’s Daniel Zadravec to tie the score 1-1.

Steve Simonson’s team took over from there. Henman scored his second of the game after going unmarked in the Vikes penalty area, allowing him three goals in three games, thanks to an assist from Connor Lewis. Then Lewis had a chance to extend the advantage, but found the post behind Nijjar.

Continuing to push, the Timberwolves were rewarded in the 39e minute, from the foot of a newcomer. Making his Canada West debut, midfielder Koby Greaves received a pass from Anthony Preston, headed to the top of the box and passed a perfect ball and extended Nijjar to make it 3- 1.

The shots at halftime were 12-3 in favor of the home team.

Victoria made five half-time substitutions, looking to change momentum and find a spark, but the TWolves didn’t have it. In the 66e minute, Henman put on a great performance against his hometown team. On a rush created by a Graves pass that sprung speedster Gregor Smith, eventually led to an Anthony Preston shot from close range that was deflected, before Henman buried the rebound to complete the hat trick.

Victoria showed signs of life late, trying to send balls over the top, but defenders Hagon Kim, Cody Gysbers and Kayden Miner did well to hold the fort the rest of the way.

With the win, UNBC improved to 1-1-1, while the Vikes fell to 0-2-1. The two teams will face off again on Saturday night to complete the back-to-back series.

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