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LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western’s men’s soccer team will open a road-heavy regular season schedule with a late-August trip to the Okanagan before returning home to host Victoria Aug. 31 at the Spartans Chase Office Field. The 2018 Canada West regular season schedule was announced Thursday.

The Spartans home game against the Vikes will prove all-important as TWU starts the year with seven of its first eight games on the road, including its season-opening trip to play UBC Okanagan (Aug. 25) and Thompson Rivers (Aug. 26). TWU will return home in late September for four straight home games before playing two of its final three back on the road.

TWU caps its 15-match schedule with a home date against defending Canada West champion UBC, who knocked off the Spartans in last year’s conference championship match.

With an unbalanced Canada West schedule and a two-game trip to UNBC on the docket – the annual series with the Timberwolves moves back and forth each year – the Spartans will play just six home games compared to nine road games.

Following five straight games away from Chase Office Field through the first three weeks of September, TWU returns to Langley to host Alberta in a rematch of last year’s Canada West semifinal, which the Spartans won 3-2 in overtime.

TWU’s annual home-and-home series with Fraser Valley will take place Oct. 5 in Langley before a trip to Abbotsford, B.C. Oct. 7.

Following their season-ending contest with the Thunderbirds (Oct. 13), TWU will end the regular season with a bye.

Last year, TWU posted an 8-4-4 record in the regular season before beating both Calgary and Alberta to advance to the conference championship game.

This year’s U SPORTS championship tournament will be hosted by UBC.

REGULAR SEASON (all times Pacific)
Sat. 25 at UBC Okanagan * 3:00 PM
Sun. 26 at Thompson Rivers * 1:00 PM
Fri. 31 Victoria * 6:30 PM

Sun. 2 at UBC * 2:00 PM
Fri. 7 at UNBC * 6:00 PM
Sat. 8 at UNBC * 6:00 PM
Sat. 15 at MacEwan * 11:00 AM
Sun. 16 at Lethbridge * 1:15 PM
Sat. 22 Alberta * 7:15 PM
Fri. 28 TRU * 7:15 PM
Sat. 29 UBCO * 7:15 PM

Fri. 5 UFV * 7:15 PM
Sun. 7 at UFV * 4:00 PM
Fri. 12 at Victoria * 7:15 PM
Sat. 13 UBC * 7:15 PM

Sat. 27 Quarter-Finals

Nov. 3-4 Canada West Final Four (Hosted by highest Prairie Division seed)
Nov. 8-11 U SPORTS Championship (UBC)

About TWU
Recognized for quality, TWU has received seven consecutive A+ rankings for Quality of Teaching and Learning, holds three Canada Research Chairs, and wins national championships in CIS sports. More importantly, lives are changed at TWU through its whole-person, Christ-centred approach to education. With a wide array of undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree-completion programs, TWU equips leaders of character and competence to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

About Spartan Athletics
As official members of U SPORTS, the Spartans currently compete in 10 sports in the Canada West conference, including women’s and men’s soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country and track & field. TWU also competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) in men’s hockey. Since TWU entered U SPORTS in 1999, the Spartans have won 11 U SPORTS team championships and 25 Canada West team championships.