CALGARY – The University of Calgary Dinos (1-1-1) notched their first win over No. 7-ranked Trinity Western (1-2-0) since 2003 Saturday, riding a two-goal performance by Maddison Fritze to a 3-0 victory.
In a fast-paced first half, Fritze stepped on the field in relief of the injured Emma Lee just eight minutes into the contest. Moments later, in the 20th minute, Fritze scored the Dinos long-awaited first goal of the season on a feed from Montana Leonard.
As soon as the Dinos were able to regain possession, Damiane Sawatzky, a newcomer to the roster, put a shot on target that bounced off the hands of TWU goalie Christina Oliverio (Calgary) and fell back to Sawatzky, who successfully converted to put Calgary head 2-0 in the 22nd minute.
Spartans forward Seina Kashima (Burnaby, B.C.) had one of TWU's best chances early in the second half, but a rocket of a shot went just wide.
In the 74th minute, Fritze took a pass from midfielder Carmen Lee and scored her second of the game to give the Dinos a 3-0 lead.
After getting outshot 9-0 in the first half, the Spartans responded with 16 second-half shots and nine on target, but they were unable to beat Dinos goalie Lauren Houghton.
TWU Head Coach Graham Roxburgh
"Today was tough and we made it really difficult on ourselves. Calgary did well to finish their chances, but we have to learn to cut out our mistakes. When you're playing at this level, teams will capitalize on your errors and we saw that this afternoon."
Calgary Head Coach Troye Flannery
"Before we started playing, I told them that we have the ability and athleticism because we are young and we need to take the lessons we learned and put them into action. Thanks to our grit, we were able to come out successful. Now, our job is to push the reset button and do it all again tomorrow."
• The last time Calgary beat TWU was Oct. 19, 2003, when the Dinos won 1-0.
• TWU has been shutout in two of their first three outings of the 2017 season.
• The 3-0 setback is TWU's second three-goal loss of the season, having also dropped a 3-0 decision against UBC.
• Calgary hadn't scored in either of its first two games.
TWU heads south to Lethbridge to face the Pronghorns Sunday afternoon (11 a.m. PT). The Dinos continue their homestand Sunday when they host the Fraser Valley Cascades.