LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western's Isabella Di Trocchio (Burnaby, B.C.) scored her sixth game-winning goal of the season as the Spartans knocked off visiting Lethbridge 2-0 Friday at Chase Office Field.
Di Trocchio tallied her eighth goal overall of the campaign in the 35th minute to put TWU ahead and that was all the Spartans would need as they improved to 11-0-2 on the season. Danae Derksen (Delta, B.C.) added an insurance marker in the 58th minute, while TWU's Seina Kashima (Burnaby, B.C.) assisted on both goals.
Di Trocchio's six game-winning goals keeps her atop the U Sports (formerly CIS) leaderboard. If she scores one more game-winning goal, she would tie former Spartan Jessica King (Liverpool, England) for the TWU single-season record.
The Spartans, who had already clinched first place in the Pacific Division coming into the game, are now unbeaten in 26 straight regular season games.
"I'm pleased to win," said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh. "We passed the ball well in the first half but just maybe lacked that final pass in the attacking third. I'm a little disappointed we didn't generate more chances, but we did have enough chances and probably should have scored on one of our corners. I thought we started well and stretched them from side to side. We had a good effort but we just didn't have a clinical finishing mindset around goal.
"We got a really good goal from Danae and I thought that kind of killed the game off. Lethbridge came here and put up a really good fight. They defended really well, but we need to get a tiny bit better in terms of making the right decisions and executing a little bit more going forward."
TWU will finish its regular season schedule Saturday when they host Calgary in a battle of the top two teams in Canada West. Game time is 5 p.m. at Chase Office Field.
Di Trocchio opened the scoring midway through the first half when she buried her opportunity off a feed from Kashima. A clearing attempt by Pronghorns goalie Rachel Lee hit Kashima, who took advantage of the turnover, tapping it over to Di Trocchio.
Lee, who finished the game with six saves, had to be sharp in the first half just to keep the game close as she made highlight-reel saves on both Rachel Hutchinson (Cloverdale, B.C.) and Kashima.
The Spartans, who had a 28-7 edge in shots, put the game away early in the first half with Derksen's fourth goal of the season. Derksen took a cross from Kashima and knocked it past Lee.
TWU's Ally Williamson (Langley, B.C.) made two saves to pick up her ninth clean sheet of the season.
The Pronghorns (3-2) finished their regular season Saturday when they play Fraser Valley at 5:30 p.m. (PT).
Game Notes: The Spartans had a 16-0 advantage in corner kicks…TWU didn't allow a shot on net in the second half...Saturday's game against Calgary is Senior Athlete Appreciation Night as TWU women's soccer team will honour its graduating seniors in a pre-game ceremony.