SPARTANS FALL TO SASKATCHEWAN IN U SPORTS CONSOLATION SEMIFINAL

SPARTANS FALL TO SASKATCHEWAN IN U SPORTS CONSOLATION SEMIFINAL

WOLFVILLE, N.S. (U Sports) - Six days ago it was a different story as the Trinity Western Spartans eliminated the Saskatchewan Huskies from gold medal play with a 2-0 win in Canada West semifinal matchup. This time the Huskies captured a consolation semifinal victory over the Spartans, winning 1-0 on penalties.

Following a hard fought 0-0 tie after regulation time, the game headed straight into penalty kicks.

After five kicks were not enough to settle the result, the contest turned into a keeper versus keeper kickoff with the right to move onward to the consolation final, with the Huskies celebrating an eventual 5-4 win over the Spartans. The victory marks the first time Saskatchewan has ever knocked off TWU.

"It's been a very good season, but obviously a disappointing end," said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh. "I thought we played well today in very adverse circumstances, as both teams were pretty beat up and I think that showed up a bit in the lack of flow in the game. I'm really proud of my players and I'm really proud of how they stepped up. A penalty shootout can go either way and their goalie made a really good save. I thought we had a few chances, but were just a bit unlucky not to finish them, but that was kind of the story of our tournament."

Ninety minutes of play offered very little in the way of solid scoring opportunities with the final outcome determined by the foot of Huskies keeper Kyleigh Vause (Calgary, Alta.) who scored on her attempt while also making a key save.

"This was actually the first time doing penalty kicks in my soccer career. It's kind of fun because we always practice it and it was fun to actually score," said Vause, who was named the Adidas Player of the Game. "TWU is our rival back home and it's the first time we have ever beaten them in school history which is huge."

The loss marks the first time TWU has been knocked out of the U Sports championship tournament after two games. This is the third time the Spartans have been on the consolation side of the bracket, but the previous two times, in 2006 and 2011, TWU earned a spot in the fifth-place match with a win in the consolation semifinal.

The Huskies will move on to the consolation final, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12 at noon against Acadia.

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE (All times Atlantic)
Thursday, Nov. 10
12:00 Quarter-final 1: Laval (5) vs Saskatchewan (0)
14:30 Quarter-final 2: UOIT (1) vs. Trinity Western (0)
17:00 Quarter-final 3: StFX (0) vs. Queen's (1)
19:30 Quarter-final 4: UBC (1) vs. Acadia (0)

Friday, Nov. 11
12:00 Consolation 1: Saskatchewan (1) vs. Trinity Western (0)
14:30 Consolation 2: Acadia (1) vs. StFX (0)
17:00 Semifinal 1: Laval vs. UOIT (Fibe TV1 Channel 1/401 or Watch Online)
19:30 Semifinal 2: Queen's vs. UBC (Fibe TV1 Channel 1/401 or Watch Online)

Saturday, Nov. 12
12:00 5th-place game Saskatchewan vs. Acadia (Watch Online)

Sunday, Nov. 13
12:00 Bronze medal (Fibe TV1 Channel 1/401 or Watch Online)
14:30 Championship final (Fibe TV1 Channel 1/401 or Watch Online)

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