WINNIPEG – The No. 1 Trinity Western women's soccer team kept its perfect early-season record intact, picking up a 3-0 win over Winnipeg Saturday. The win improves the Spartans record to 4-0-0 on the year Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex.
The Spartans were the beneficiaries of two bounces in the first 20 minutes of play, going up 2-0 on a pair of own goals. TWU's Amy Gartke (Edmonton) scored her second goal of the season in the 39th minute to round on the scoring. On both of Winnipeg's own goals, TWU's Seina Kashima (Burnaby, B.C.) sent the ball towards the target but on both occasions it was a Wesmen defender knocking it into the net.
The Wesmen (0-2-2) failed to score a goal for the first time in seven outings this season, including three non-conference matches.
A night after making two saves in recording her first clean sheet of the season, TWU keeper Rachel Sydor (Tsawwassen, B.C.) made four saves for another shutout. Sydor had two shutouts in three appearances in 2017.
Madison Fordyce made eight saves in Winnipeg's goal and was relieved in the 82nd minute by Emma Dutiaume, who made two stops in her first appearance of the regular season.
TWU Head Coach Graham Roxburgh
"I'm really pleased that we bounced back from last night's frustration of not finishing our chances. It was good to get an early goal. I thought we moved the ball really well. I thought our midfield played extremely well. Seina and Danae (Derksen, Ladner, B.C.) were dangerous on the outside. We limited (Winnipeg's) chances and after we scored the second goal, they had to come out a bit and there was a bit more space to play. In the end, it was a good road win and I'm very pleased we got the shutout.
"We thought they would drop off a little bit and try to protect the space and make it compact, which they did. We were a bit fortunate to get in on that early goal and that probably changed the complexion. We have some good pace out on the flanks and that generated three or four chances, which led to our second goal, so in the end I'm really pleased."
• The last time TWU played Winnipeg was Oct. 16, 2015 when the Spartans earned a 4-0 win at home.
• The last time the Spartans were in Winnipeg was Sept. 23, 2012, with TWU winning 6-0.
• The Spartans have scored a conference-leading 11 goals through four games.
• The Wesmen scored nine goals all of last season and have already managed five through four conference games.
The Spartans are back at home Sept. 21 and 22, when they host MacEwan and UNBC. Both games can be seen live at www.canadawest.tv.