REDLANDS, California – The Trinity Western women's soccer team tied the Redlands University Bulldogs 2-2 Tuesday evening at Farquhar Field in Redlands, California. The draw gives the Spartans a 1-2-1 record on the tour.
TWU jumped on the board early by taking advantage of a scrum in front of the Bulldog net. However, junior goalkeeper Brittany Dinkins (Renton, WA) made a miraculous save before a teammate blocked the Spartans' second attempt. The ball finally made its way into the net off the foot of second year forward Bella Roque (Surrey, B.C.) in just the second minute of action.
Dinkins remained under fire throughout the first half but came up with the necessary saves to keep it a one-goal game.
In the 41st minute, the Bulldogs broke through with their first goal of the contest on a nice combination on the far side of the field. Senior forward Hayley Romo (Port Orchard, WA) recovered the ball from a TWU defender near the end line and passed it back to the top of the box where she found junior midfielder Skyla Wilson (Palm Desert, CA). Wilson immediately collected it and blasted it to the far post for a spectacular score.
During the second half, Redlands controlled the pace of play and out-shot the Spartans, 4-3. Nonetheless, TWU regained the lead at the 84th minute off a nice set piece from the corner. Once rookie midfielder Sierra Halldorson (Winnipeg) lobbed the ball up and into the box, where rookie forward Makenna Dieterich (Langley, B.C.) got her head on it for a nice goal.
Less than five minutes later and with time running out, the Bulldogs countered again by taking advantage of a free kick from just inside the box. With perfect placement and touch, sophomore defender Abby Nordquist (Gig Harbor, WA) sent it around the wall into the upper V for a remarkable equalizer.
The Maroon and Gray continued to press in the final two minutes, earning two more shots, but the game ended in a 2-2 draw for a solid finish.
TWU first year keeper Hanna Miller played the full 90 minutes and made one save in the tie, while Redlands keeper Brittany Dinkins made six saves.
TWU Head Coach Graham Roxburgh
On the match
"I was encouraged by the play of some rookies and we got a chance to give almost everyone some meaningful minutes. As a squad we got out of the game what we needed to."
- TWU outshot Redlands 12-6 and had an 8-3 edge in shots on goal. The Spartans also had a 7-2 edge in corner kicks.
- The Spartans have had a solid preseason earning a 5-2-2 record against NCAA competition.
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)
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.