After a stunning last-minute defeat on Friday, the Trinity Western Spartans recovered to pick up their first victory of the season the following day.
The women’s soccer team fell 2-1 to the Victoria Vikes before winning by that same score on Saturday against the Fraser Valley (UFV) Cascades.
Both games were played at Rogers Field on the TWU campus.
The Spartans overcame a lackluster opening 20 minutes against the Cascades to pot a pair of first-half goals.
Krista Gommeringer scored in the 28th minute and then Alessandra Oliverio doubled the lead in the 33rd minute.
“I actually thought we started quite tentatively,” said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh.
“UFV made it very difficult for us for the first 15 minutes, but then our nerves settled down after we scored.”
“It didn’t ever really feel like we would get threatened by them unless we made a mistake ourselves,” he added.
“Credit to our team that we rose from the loss last night, but we still have to get better.”
On the opening goal, fullback Lindsey Pulice sent a well-struck cross into the box that bounced off Jessica King and fell to Gommeringer a few feet from the goal-line.
And last season’s Canada West rookie of the year, made no mistake in burying the ball.
The second goal came whenNatalie Boyd made a weaving run through several defenders and dished off to Oliverio, who one-timed her shot past the keeper.
The Spartans dictated the run of the play and up until the final 10 minutes, never looked vulnerable.
But the Cascades broke the shutout bid with a goal from Lana Rockhill, who connected on a header off a corner kick. But there was no time for Fraser Valley to mount a surge for the tying goal.
Rachel Bedek made three saves for the victory while Fraser Valley keeper Kayla Klim stopped eight shots in the loss.
The day before, saw the Vikes — ranked fourth in the country heading into the weekend — knock off the top-ranked Spartans 2-1.
Victoria had opened the scoring in the 50th minute when Jackie Harrison converted a penalty kick. And that goal stood for much of the half until Nikki Wright leveled the score at 1 with a goal in the 85th minute.
But Victoria’s Carlita Branion-Calles ripped home the winner with a stoppage time goal.
“I’m pleased with how we showed another gear and some desperation in the last 15 minutes and clawed our way back in, but it’s a difficult loss to swallow,” Roxburgh said.
“It’s a game we didn’t need to lose and in the end, we’ll have to learn from our mistakes.”
The team hits the road this weekend for a pair of games.
On Saturday, they will face the Saskatchewan Huskies and on Sunday, the opponent is the Regina Cougars.