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NO. 4 SPARTANS UPSET BY FRASER VALLEY IN FIRST OF HOME-AND-HOME SERIES

NO. 4 SPARTANS UPSET BY FRASER VALLEY IN FIRST OF HOME-AND-HOME SERIES

LANGLEY, British Columbia – Taking advantage of a 10-man Spartans side, Fraser Valley upset No. 4 Trinity Western 4-1 Friday at Chase Office Field.

Moments after TWU's Elie Gindo (Langley) was sent off after seeing a second yellow card late in the first half, the Cascades Justin Sekhon scored a tide-turning goal. With the Spartans down a man, UFV's James Najman, Elijah Sampson and Nate Trampleasure scored second half goals to bury the home side.

Cody Fransen tallied his second goal of the season in second half stoppage time to put the Spartans on the board.

In a raucous contest – one in which the teams combined for seven yellow cards – the visiting Casades (5-5-1) handed the Spartans (8-3-2) just their third loss of the season. TWU is now tied for first place in the Pacific Division with UBC, who beat Victoria earlier in the night, while the Cascades move into third place in the division.

"It was an even game until we had Elie sent off," said Spartans coach Mike Shearon. "We continued to chase the game and that's why the score was the way it was. We had a lot of chances at the end and couldn't make anything of them. We continued to chase the game and that left us open at the back and that's going to happen. When you lose, you lose. It doesn't matter what that score is. We were trying to get back into it and that's just the way it goes.

"We obviously came out and tried to work hard in the second half. We still had some possession, but we just couldn't get it done tonight. Now we have to go out there and battle on Sunday night."

The Cascades and Spartans will meet again Sunday in Abbotsford, B.C. at 6 p.m. (PT).

After a feisty first half, the match turned when Gindo was given his second yellow of the night. Gindo picked up both yellow cards within four minutes of each other and on the free kick following his sending off, Sekhon opened the scoring.

With TWU pressing for the equaliser, Herman Gill sent a cross into the box that found Najman and he made no mistake, converting his 58th minute opportunity.

Sampson put UFV up 3-0 in the 82nd minute when he pounced on a rebound in tight and tapped home his first goal of the season.

Trampleasure rounded out the scoring for UFV in stoppage time, beating Hicks for the Cascades fourth goal of the season.

Game Notes: TWU has only lost three games this year, but in the three setbacks, the Spartans have been outscored 10-1…the Spartans were playing without several players this weekend, including regular starters Caleb Johnson (Strathmore, Alta.) and Jacob Low (Port Moody, B.C.), who are currently competing at the Canadian club national championships.

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