The TRU WolfPack men's soccer team holds all the cards heading into the final week of the Pacific Western Athletic Association regular season.
The WolfPack picked up a pair of important victories at Hillside Stadium on the weekend, dumping the Quest Kermodes 3-0 on Saturday and the Langara Falcons 2-1 on Sunday.
Four teams will make the playoffs - the WolfPack (6-4-2) entered the weekend fifth in the standings, but now sits third, one point ahead of Langara (6-5-1) and the Kwantlen Eagles (5-3-4).
With such a tight race for the final playoff spot, TRU already was in playoff mode. That was obvious in Sunday's scrappy victory over Langara.
A total of seven yellow cards were handed out, with TRU getting two of them.
"It was a playoff match," said WolfPack co-coach John Antulov. "If we let (the Falcons) have that extra two points or tie, that puts them in third."
TRU will play its final two games at home, with the Capilano Blues coming in Saturday and the Vancouver Island Mariners visiting Sunday.
Because Kwantlen and Langara will play each other in Vancouver on Saturday, the WolfPack likely will only need to win one of its remaining games.
"We're not guaranteed anything yet," Antulov said. "This weekend coming up, we've got two big games. Cap and VIU, those are going to be huge challenges."
Ashley Raynes had two goals on Saturday, as the WolfPack ran past a Quest team (0-10-2) just playing out the string. Seb Gardner, on a penalty kick, also scored, and Travis Froehlich posted the shutout.
Jacob Kaay opened the scoring on Sunday, tallying in the sixth minute, before Langara's Ramsey Alfantazi tied it with five minutes to go in the half.
Dion Gouldsborough, a second-half substitution, put the WolfPack ahead, getting his head on a Peter Loncar free kick and getting it past Langara's Noah Pawlowski with 12 minutes remaining.
"It wasn't pretty, but we got a result," Raynes said. "That was the main thing."
The WolfPack missed the postseason in 2011, and appears to have no plans to do so in 2012. TRU now has won its last three and is 4-1-1 in its last six.
"I think we've found our spot," Raynes said. "We had a slow and steady start . . . and I think now we've found our legs and are working well as a team."
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Alanna Bekkering helped the WolfPack women's soccer team avoid a weekend sweep.
The WolfPack (8-2-2), which remains first in the conference, lost 1-0 to visiting Quest on Saturday, before coming back to beat the Falcons 4-1 on Sunday.
TRU has two home games remaining - against Capilano on Saturday and Vancouver Island on Sunday.
The WolfPack lost to Quest for the second time this season, and was down 1-0 after a half on Sunday. But Bekkering, the reigning conference player of the week, scored three straight goals - in the 56th, 66th and 81st minutes. Taylor Miller rounded out the scoring, and Emily Edmundson was the winning goalkeeper.
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The TRU men's basketballers fell 86-82 in an exhibition contest with the Seattle Mountaineers, a semi-professional team featuring former NCAA players.
Kevin Pribilsky had 16 points for the WolfPack, with Brett Rouault scoring 11 and Tre Haslom getting 10.
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TRU is 2-0-0 in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League after dumping Victoria 5-2 at Memorial Arena on Friday.
The WolfPack took a 5-0 lead in its home-opener, before Victoria scored two late power-play goals.
Riley Wall made 27 saves in the victory. Colten De Frias had two goals, with Jarrett Martin, Taylor Stuart and Alessio Tomassetti also scoring for TRU.
Shawn Mueller and Mark Prest scored for Victoria, and Nick Babich made 40 saves.
The WolfPack will head to Castlegar for a Friday-Saturday doubleheader with the first-place Selkirk Saints (3-0-0).