TWU soccer: Spartans best in Canada West

The Trinity Western Spartans women
The Trinity Western Spartans women's soccer team captured the Canada West championship with a win in penalty kicks on Saturday over the Alberta Pandas.
— image credit: Scott Stewart/TWU Athletics

The Trinity Western Spartans are off to Montreal as the Canada West champions.

The women’s soccer team advanced thanks to a 3-0 victory in the Canada West semifinals on Friday night at TWU’s Rogers Park.

They then captured the Canada West title with a 2-1 win over the Alberta Pandas on Saturday. The game was decided in penalty kicks with Daniela Gerig booting the winner and goalkeeper Kristen Funk stopping two of the five shots she faced in the penalty kicks.

“I’m overjoyed and excited with the win,” said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh. “It’s nice being back as Canada West champs.”

The Pandas had opened the scoring in the 14th minute with a goal from Amanda Black. But in the 38th minute, Nikki Wright got around the Alberta defence and sent the ball across to the charging Gerig, who hit the ball into the lower corner to tie the match at one.

Against Victoria in the semifinals, Wright scored in the first half and the Spartans put the game out of reach with second-half goals from Alicia Tesan and Gerig.

Both Trinity Western and Alberta advance to the CIS national championships at Montreal’s McGill University.

The Spartans, ranked second in the country, open against the host McGill squad on Thursday.

Trinity Western is looking for their third national championship in the past four years.

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