KAMLOOPS – The No. 5 ranked Trinity Western Spartans defeated the UBC Okanagan Heat 3-0 on three first half goals Sunday afternoon in Kelowna, B.C. The victory keeps TWU unbeaten and in top spot of the Canada West Pacific Division at 5-0-2, while the loss drops UBC-O to 2-4 and sixth place in the Pacific Division.
"Really pleased in how we executed our game plan and a good early start for us. UBC O came back into the game and played a little more direct and forced us to defend a couple of corners," commented TWU head coach Graham Roxburgh. "Overall a good corporate win for us and six points against two teams that are on the rise."
Third year Spartans forward Seina Kashima (Burnaby, B.C.) scored the first goal of the match, her second of the season, for Trinity Western in the 13th minute, putting away a pass into the 6-yard box from second year midfielder Rachel Hutchinson (Cloverdale, B.C.).
Hutchinson earned her next assist less than 30 seconds later, putting the ball onto the foot of fifth year forward Isabella Di Trocchio (Burnaby, B.C.), who scored her third of the season by putting it to the right of Heat keeper Joella Koblischke.
The third goal came in the final minutes of the first half, with an awkward defensive play by the Heat leading to the ball being deflected into the arm of a UBC Okanagan defender. The ensuing call of a hand ball put Trinity Western fifth year midfielder Stephanie Chin (Calgary) on the spot for the penalty kick, and she scored her first goal of the season with a strong shot to the bottom right corner.
The second half saw no more scoring from either side, with most of the play staying in near the midfield, with Trinity Western having most of the offensive opportunities. UBC Okanagan had good chances in the 48th and 54th minutes, from Ally Ferronato and Lindsey Berthelson respectively, but the Heat were unable to put anything past Spartans fifth year keeper Ally Williamson (Langley, B.C.).
Williamson earned her fourth clean sheet of the season so far, making two saves.
The Spartans named Rachel Hutchinson their MVP for the match, while the Heat gave their MVP award on Sunday to Andrea Stinson. "Rachel was lively today and a bit unlucky not to have added a goal to her two assists," said Roxburgh.
The UBC Okanagan Heat (2-4) will play their next match on Friday, September 30 when they travel to Vancouver to play UBC (2-1-4). The Trinity Western Spartans (5-0-2) will play their next match that same day, when they host the only other undefeated side in the Pacific Division, the University of Alberta Pandas (4-0-2).
Match notes: 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 18 matches… TWU has outscored their opponents 16-2 in conference play… the Spartans extended their shout out streak to 192 minutes…TWU defeated TRU 4-0 Saturday afternoon in Kamloops, B.C….