Trinity Western's Elijah Adekugbe scored in stoppage time to send the Spartans men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory on Sunday in Winnipeg.

Spartans earn split on prairie road trip

Stoppage-time goal helps Trinity Western men's soccer team return to win column

Elijah Adekugbe scored in stoppage time to send the Trinity Western Spartans to a 2-1 victory.

The men’s soccer team was in Winnipeg on Sunday afternoon at Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex to race the Winnipeg Wesmen.

“We continued to battle over the 90 minutes and one finally fell for us,” said TWU head coach Mike Shearon.

“The boys worked really hard. It was a tough game out here in Winnipeg with the wind and the elements. We knew going into this weekend we would face adversity and hopefully we have grown from our experience out here in the prairies.”

The victory improved the Spartans — ranked fourth in the country — to 7-2-1.

Both TWU goals came in stoppage time as Taylor Johnson scored just before half-time, heading home a corner kick from Adekugbe.

Winnipeg’s Krysztof Szulc had opened the scoring in the sixth minute, beating TWU keeper Andrew Hicks.

It was only one of two shots Winnipeg managed to fire on target while the Spartans had 18 shots, eight of which hit the target.

The Spartans had played on Friday night in Saskatoon, falling 3-1 to the host Saskatchewan Huskies at PotashCorp Park.

TWU countered with a goal from Vito Poletto in second half stoppage time.

Gabriel Buatois, Marcello Gonzalez and Jacob Powell each netted first half goals for Saskatchewan while TWU countered with a goal from Vito Poletto in second half stoppage time.

The Spartans return home for a pair of games at Chase Office Field against Victoria on Sept. 30 and UBC on Oct. 1. Both games begin at 7:15 p.m.


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