Spartans win clash with Vikings

The Trinity Western University women’s soccer team finished up their home spring schedule with a solid 3-1 win over the visiting Western Washington University Vikings Wednesday (April 10) evening at Trinity Western's Rogers Field.

“It was a good performance and everyone got some minutes which I was pleased with,” commented TWU head coach Graham Roxburgh.

“We will now look to finish of the season strong in Seattle.”

The Vikings opened the scoring in the 20th minute of the first half. WWU took advantage of a defensive breakdown to give the visitors from Bellingham, Wash. the early 1-0 lead. The lead would stand over the first 45 minutes as TWU went into the break trailing 1-0.

The Spartans started to play more aggressively in the second frame. TWU scored three goals in quick succession to blow open the contest.

Natalie Boyd opened the Spartans scoring with a penalty kick in the 60th minute to tie the match at 1-1.

Rookie forward Krista Gommeringer got the game winner less than five minutes, 65th minute, later when she sent a pretty free kick around the Vikings defensive wall and into the top corner of the Western Washington net.

The third goal came in the 75th minute when Gommeringer beat the outside back and sent a ball to the far post where midfielder Jessica King was waiting. King beat the WWU defender and got her foot on the ball to redirect it into the Vikings net.

TWU rookie keeper Christina Oliverio played the full ninety minutes in net for the Spartans.

The victory came on the heels of a 1-1 draw against the Oregon State Beavers in Corvallis, Ore.

Again the Spartans were forced to rally from a first-half deficit.

In the 70th minute, Tesan ripped a screamer from the left side that beat the OSU goalie to the far post to give TWU a well-earned draw against NCAA Div. 1 Beavers.

“It was a really good game,” Roxburgh said.

“We had to play defensive-minded in the early parts because our personnel was different than what we’re normally used to. But credit to the kids who haven’t played as much. The girls really dug in against a really good team.”

The Beavers got on the board first in the 60th minute when a cross from the right wing into the box was one-timed off the post and in. Spartans goalie Baily Williams-Kapels got a piece of the ball, but not quite enough to keep the Beavers off the scoreboard.

Minutes later, OSU, with momentum on its side, had a chance to double its lead, but a shot off the crossbar kept it a one-goal game.

After that, the Spartans battled back.

Pushing forward over the final 30 minutes, TWU finally broke through with Tesan’s marker. Picking up the ball on the left inside channel, Tesan cut to the middle, pushed it passed her defender and slammed the ball to the back of the net.

The Spartans backline was brilliant as the tandem of Kristen Santema and Jenn Castillo in the middle largely held off the Beavers attack.

Vanessa Kovacs in the middle and Krista Gommeringer up front also put together impressive performances to help the Spartans to a deserved result.


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