KAMLOOPS – The No. 5 ranked Trinity Western Spartans used four second half goals to defeat the Thompson Rivers WolfPack 4-0 Saturday afternoon at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops, B.C. The victory keeps TWU unbeaten at 4-0-2, while the loss drops TRU to 1-4.
The Spartans, who outshot the WolfPack 21-1 and had an 11-1 edge in corner kicks, remain in top spot in the Canada West Pacific Division.
"We talked about being mentally focused and resetting our minds. You could see TRU was making it more and more frustrating for us. I thought we started well. Our mistake was that we weren't that clinical in the attacking third. We hit the post. We had a couple of chances to finish but we didn't," commented TWU head coach Graham Roxburgh. "When you are playing a team that is in transition and more experience, the longer that they stay in it the more frustrating it could be for us. We talked about having a mental reset. We asked them to move the ball faster and find some penetrating spaces. I think to our credit, our players picked up their pace a bit in the second half. Pleased that we won, not the easiest places to play."
After being held off the scoresheet in the first half, TWU third year forward Danae Derksen (Delta, B.C.) opened the scoring in the 49th minute. Derksen, scored her third goal of the season, off of a back kick after a corner kick from second year midfielder Rachel Hutchinson (Cloverdale, BC). "I was really pleased with Danae's play today, she was our player of the game, commented Roxburgh.
Trinity Western rookie forward Danielle Thune (Abbotsford, B.C.) got her first goal of her Canada West career when she capitalizes on a goal mouth scramble to put the Spartans up 3-0 in the 85th minute.
TWU first year midfielder Taylor Bubnick (Saskatoon) got her first marker and made the final 4-0 on a pretty header off of a Hutchinson corner kick in the 90th minute.
Spartan fifth year keeper Ally Williamson (Langley, B.C.) made one save in the second half to earn her fourth win and fourth shutout of the season. TRU's rookie keeper Alyssa Smith made four saves in the loss.
The Spartans move down Highway97 to meet up with the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat on Sunday (Sept 25). Kickoff is 1 pm. After tomorrows road game TWU will play five of their final seven matches at home. The WolfPack wrap up their four match home stretch on Sunday (Sept 25) when the University of Fraser Valley Cascades pay a visit to Hillside Stadium.
Match notes: Last year, the Spartans beat the WolfPack 3-0 in their only appearance against each other. It happened Saturday, September 19th in Langley… The Spartans have not lost in Canada West conference play since Sept 11, 2015, a 2-0 loss to UBC…TWU has extended their conference unbeaten streak to 17 matches… Coach Roxburgh noted the play of rookie midfielder Elizabeth Hicks (Surrey, B.C.) "Liz came on in the second half and steadied the ship and won all of her competitive battles and allowed us to playout from her spot."