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LANGLEY, British Columbia – Four different Trinity Western University women's soccer player's tallied markers as the Spartans defeated the visiting University of Northwestern Eagles 4-0 Tuesday night at Yorkton Community Field in Langley, B.C. The victory improves the Spartans pre-season record to 2-0.

TWU fourth year forward Rachel Hutchinson (Cloverdale, B.C.) opened the scoring in the fourth minute with her second goal of the season to put the Spartans up 1-0. Spartans fifth year forward Danae Derksen (Delta, B.C.) made it 2-0, with the assist to fifth year defender Amy Gartke (Edmonton), with her second goal of the season nine minutes later in the 13th minute.

The Spartans held the 2-0 lead after the first 45 minutes, while outshooting the Eagles 12-2 in the opening frame.

Gartke got her second point of the night and put the Spartans up 3-0 in the 55th minute, with the assist to first year forward Makenna Dieterich (Langley, B.C.), before third year midfielder Gabi Short (Calgary) converted a pass from third year midfielder Nicole Bolder (Calgary) to of the scoring in the 66th minute. 

Fifth year keeper Rachel Sydor (Tsawwassen, B.C.) made two saves, including a penalty kick save off of the Eagles Jaclyn Metz in the 84th minute, while playing the full 90 minutes to earn the win for the Spartans.  Kat Sanchez made four saves in the loss for the Eagles. 

The Spartans finished the evening out shooting the Eagles 18-6, with an 8-2 edge in shots on goal.

TWU Head Coach Graham Roxburgh
On the match
"I was pleased with the way we played. We got good minutes for the bulk of the team and overall we had good contributions and it was a step in the right direction."

"We have a lot of tired players, with us doing two-a-days for the past week, so to train this morning and have everyone comeback and play well tonight was good to see."

Trinity Western's women's soccer team will open its Canada West championship defence with a rematch of last year's gold medal game against Victoria Sept. 7 at the Spartans Chase Office Field.

The Spartans season-opening contest is part of a key home weekend in which the Spartans will also host UBC Sept. 8. TWU capped last year's Canada West campaign with a 3-0 semifinal win over the Thunderbirds followed by a 2-1 win over the Vikes in the conference final.

TWU posted a 10-3-1 regular season record last year, which included a 10-match shutout streak. The Spartans went on to win the conference title before earning a bronze medal at the national championship.

The Spartans have played in each of the last seven Canada West championship games, winning four times (2011, 2012, 2014 and 2017).

REGULAR SEASON (all times Pacific)
Fri. 7 Victoria * 5:00 PM
Sat. 8 UBC * 5:00 PM
Fri. 14 at Manitoba * 4:00 PM
Sat. 15 at Winnipeg * 5:00 PM
Fri. 21 MacEwan * 5:00 PM
Sat. 22 UNBC * 5:00 PM
Sat. 29 at TRU * 1:00 PM
Sun. 30 at UBCO * 1:00 PM

Fri. 5 UFV * 5:00 PM
Sun. 7 at UFV * 2:00 PM
Fri. 12 Alberta * 5:00 PM
Sat. 13 Mount Royal * 5:00 PM
Fri. 19 at UBC * 6:30 PM
Sat. 20 at Victoria * 5:00 PM

Thur. 25 Play-In Game
Sat. 27 Quarter-Final Match

Nov. 1-3 Canada West Final Four
Nov. 8-11 U SPORTS Championship (Ottawa)

About TWU
Recognized for quality, TWU has received seven consecutive A+ rankings for Quality of Teaching and Learning, holds three Canada Research Chairs, and wins national championships in CIS sports. More importantly, lives are changed at TWU through its whole-person, Christ-centred approach to education. With a wide array of undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree-completion programs, TWU equips leaders of character and competence to make a positive impact in the lives of others.


About Spartan Athletics
As official members of U SPORTS, the Spartans currently compete in 10 sports in the Canada West conference, including women's and men's soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country and track & field. TWU also competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) in men's hockey. Since TWU entered U SPORTS in 1999, the Spartans have won 11 U SPORTS team championships and 25 Canada West team championships.