NO. 6 SPARTANS LOSE TO UBC OKANAGAN IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE

NO. 6 SPARTANS LOSE TO UBC OKANAGAN IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE

KELOWNA, British Columbia – Despite the Spartans outshooting UBC Okanagan 18-5 and largely possessing throughout the contest, the No. 6 Trinity Western men's soccer team dropped its second game in as many outings, falling 1-0 to the Heat Sunday afternoon at Nonis Sports Field.

UBCO's Tyler Shalansky scored in the 87th minute on only the Heat's second shot on target of the game to give the home side an upset win. The Spartans had 10 shots on target, but UBCO goalkeeper Mitch McCaw proved unbeatable.

"We didn't capitalize on our chances," said Spartans coach Mike Shearon. "The guys looked better than yesterday but in the end, goals change games and we didn't take our chances, so we lost. The good news is we had a good start to the season and we're in the playoffs and we get to regroup and rebuild and get refreshed for the first playoff game at home."

With the Spartans pressing for the go-ahead goal late, Shalansky's marker came off the counter-attack as he took a through ball from Luke Warkentin and drove a low shot past TWU goalie Andrew Hicks (Surrey, B.C.), who finished the game with one save.  

With the loss, the Spartans finish their regular season schedule with a 9-5-2 record. TWU will have a bye in the final weekend of the season before opening the playoffs at home in two weeks. The Spartans, who are two points clear of UBC for top spot in the Pacific Division, will await next week's results to determine if they finish first or second in the division.

TWU's nine-win season equals its second best win total in program history. TWU also won nine games in 2003, 2004 and 2012. The Spartans winningest season came in 2007, when they won 11 games.

With at least a second place finish in the division ensured, TWU will host a Canada West playoff game for the first time since 2007.

The first half saw a relentless Spartans attack reeling off a total of seven shots on goal. The best opportunity to score for TWU came in the 21st minute when Elijah Adekugbe (Calgary) took a close shot from the right of the net, but was denied by McCaw.

Adekugbe took a total of three shots and two on net against the Heat but was denied a second time by McCaw in the 76th minute of the game.

In the second half, TWU midfielder Mitchell Urzinger (Langley, B.C) had a clear shot on net off of a scramble in the 54th minute, but McCaw made a diving save to keep the Spartans off the scoresheet.

Game Notes: UBCO's Corbin Beauchemin and the Spartans Vaggeli Boucas (Langley) were both shown yellow cards…TWU finished the year with back-to-back losses for the first time all season after also losing to Thompson Rivers Saturday.

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