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November: Spartans tie record for most national championships
The Trinity Western Spartans won the fifth CIS championship in school history, tying them with UBC for most ever among Canadian women’s soccer teams.
The Trinity Western Spartans women’s soccer did what they know best: win yet another CIS national championship banner.
The women’s soccer program captured their fifth Gladys Bean Memorial Trophy with a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Carabins in the gold medal game at Toronto’s Varsity Centre on Nov. 10.
Krista Gommeringer scored the game’s lone goal — her third in three games at the tournament — in the 59th minute as she received a cross from Alicia Tesan and deposited the ball into the back of the net.
Vanessa Kovacs earned most valuable player honours at the tournament.
The season began slowly for the Spartans as they managed just a single victory in their first five Canada West league games (1-1-3), but they reeled off seven straight victories to close the regular season in fourth place (8-1-3, 27 points).
And in the post-season, Trinity Western continued their run to another CIS appearance, winning five of their six games.
The championship was the second straight for the Spartans and it marked the fifth title in the past decade for the Trinity Western program, all of which come under the helm of Graham Roxburgh.
Roxburgh took over as head coach of the program in 1999 and after the Spartans made the move up to the CIS, they captured their first title in 2004. They were also back-to-back champions in 2008 and 2009 and are a
perfect five-for-five in their national championship appearances.
And with five titles, they tied the UBC Thunderbirds for most all-time in the 27-year history of CIS women’s soccer.
Of course, UBC has won theirs over a 27-year span while Trinity Western has captured five in the past 13 seasons.