A Saskatoon League A men's soccer team with its roots in the Humboldt area has climbed to the top of the Division 1 standings in the city to capture the indoor league championship. 

The Bridge City Timberwolves competed in Saskatoon’s top indoor soccer division this winter and ended up winning the playoffs and lifting the trophy last weekend. Formed 9 years ago by 3 HCI graduates, the team was supposed to be a place for fellow soccer players from Humboldt and area to have a place to play once they moved to Saskatoon after graduating high school. During its existence, the team has had more than 35 players from Humboldt, Muenster, Lake Lenore, Watson, and Anaheim play for them, along with many others from Saskatoon. This year's edition of the team had 9 players who have represented HCI or Humboldt soccer in the past, mixed with 7 players who grew up in Saskatoon.

 In 2013, the team was placed in Saskatoon’s 6th division and had to earn its way to the 1st division by having multiple successful seasons and proving they were truly one of the best teams in Saskatoon. They have missed the playoffs only once, meaning that they have always been a top 4 team, every year on their journey to the top. The Timberwolves were Division 3 champs in 2016/17 and were moved up to Division 1 for the first time in the 2017/18 season. The teams overall record since being established is : 117 wins, 55 losses, 26 ties.

COVID led to a slow start for the squad this season, but once rolling they won 7 of their last 10 games. That put the Timberwolves in 4th place, 8 points behind the first seed YXE FC, and enough for the final playoff spot. 

The Timberwolves had fallen in a 2-1 nailbiter to YXE FC just weeks earlier, so when the rematch happened in the playoffs, more than pride was on the line. They came out flying and took a commanding 4-0 lead early on. Playing a great defensive game, Bridge City frustrated their opposition and a red card was eventually given to their opponents. That helped the Timberwolves comfortably march on to a 6-2 win and earn their spot in the league final. 

In the league final, the Timberwolves battled back from a 2-1 deficit, scoring 3 goals in a four minute span to eventually capture the league title with a 4-2 win. 

Up next for Bridge City Timberwolves is their outdoor season this summer where they will be competing in Men’s Division 1. They will also be travelling to Regina in July to compete for their shot at Men’s Nationals in Toronto this fall.

With content from Brayden Abel