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Gommeringer earns player of the week honours as Spartans clinch post-season berth
The Trinity Western Spartans will once again be the in the post-season dance.
The women’s soccer team won a pair of road games in Alberta — 1-0 over the Calgary Dinos on Saturday and 5-1 against the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Sunday — to stretch their winning streak to five games and unbeaten streak to eight games.
The Spartans are 6-1-3 and sit in fifth place in the Canada West standings with two games remaining.
“We’re really pleased that we came to a place that can often be a difficult place to get a result and earned a win,” said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh, following Sunday’s victory in Lethbridge.
“We started well and executed well. I thought Nat Boyd was probably the player of the game with her work rate.
“Her ability to distribute and the fact that she got on the scoresheet twice was impressive.”
Krista Gommeringer had the lone goal against Calgary and followed that up with a goal and three assists versus Lethbridge. Her efforts earned Gommeringer the Canada West women’s first star of the week award.
Gommeringer and Boyd had Trinity Western up 2-0 by the time the game was 20 minutes old.
And after Kim Schellenberg got Lethbridge on the board in the 40th minute, the Spartans wasted little time in getting that one back as Alessandra Oliverio responded with a goal a minute later.
The second half saw Boyd and Caitlin Haines pad the lead for the 5-1 final.
Rachel Bedek made three saves for the victory.
Against Calgary, the Spartans scored the lone goal during first half injury time while Bedek stopped all six shots she faced for their sixth shutout of the season.
“I thought we played well and were particularly sharp in the second half,” Roxburgh said.
“I thought after halftime we controlled the play and were unlucky not to score the second or possibly even the third goal.”
The Spartans close the regular season with a pair of home games this weekend at Rogers Field.
The first-place Alberta Pandas visit on Oct. 18 while the Mount Royal Cougars will be the opponent the next night. Both games are at 5 p.m.
Trinity Western is five points back of Alberta for top spot and three back of second-place.
The top four teams will host a Canada West quarter-final game the following week.