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Spartans hot entering post-season
The Trinity Western Spartans enter the post-season as hottest team in the Canada West conference, riding a seven-game winning streak and 10-game unbeaten streak.
The women’s soccer team defeated the previously-unbeaten Alberta Pandas 2-0 on Friday and then scored a 3-1 victory over the Mount Royal Cougars in the regular season finale on Saturday. Both games were at Rogers Field in Langley.
The results gave Trinity Western an 8-1-3 record and fourth spot in the conference, and more importantly, a home playoff date on Saturday at 6 p.m. against the Saskatchewan Huskies. The winner advances to the Canada West final four championships the following weekend.
Against the Cougars, Jenna di Nunzio and Jessica King scored first half goal and Krista Gommeringer tallied in the 77th minute.
Caitlin Specht scored in the 18th minute for Mount Royal, briefly leveling the score at one.
“We didn’t play particularly well at times, but sometimes you can’t win pretty,” said Trinity Western coach Graham Roxburgh.
In the game against Alberta, Gommeringer scored both goals, in the ninth minute and then in the 42nd minute. She finished tied for the Canada West goal scoring lead with 10 goals in a dozen games.
The Spartans opened the scoring in the 15th minute when di Nunzio won the ball off an MRU defender, raced down the left side and whipped a quick shot past MRU goalie Janelle Chicilo.
“I was really happy that Jenna was rewarded for her hard work with a goal,” Roxburgh said.
“She has worked so hard to get back to where she is now, so I was pleased that she risked to win the ball and then had a fantastic finish.
However, MRU came right back just three minutes later when Navroop Virk’s shot off the left post fell to the feet of Specht, who one-timed it past TWU goalie Rachel Bedek.
But the home side took their lead right back in the 25th minute when King took a pass from Gommeringer and, from 20 yards out, sent it to the back of the net.
“I thought Jessica was excellent because she was playing in a different position (in central midfield) and she gave everything and I thought she was really good,” Roxburgh said. “Vanessa Kovacs was our leader in terms of her battling.”
From there, TWU controlled possession for much of the rest of the first half and went into the break ahead 2-1.
In the Alberta contest, the Spartans got off to a quick start as Gommeringer headed home an Alicia Tesan cross in the night minute. She added her second in the 42nd minute when
Rachel Bedek stopped one shot for the shutout.
Since losing to Victoria, the Spartans have gone unbeaten in 10 games (8-0-2) and have conceded just four goals.
They played Saskatchewan (8-2-2) once this season, tying the Cougars 1-1 in Saskatoon.