KAMLOOPS, British Columbia – With a four points, fifth year forward Seina Kashima (Burnaby, B.C.) led the Trinity Western Spartans to a 6-0 victory over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack Saturday afternoon at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops, B.C. The victory improves the No. 3 Spartans to 6-1-0, while the loss drops the WolfPack to 1-6-0.
TWU got first half goals from fifth year midfielder Amy Gartke (Edmonton), fourth year midfielder Jenaya Robertson (Delta, B.C.) and fifth year midfielder Kathleen Chin (Calgary) and never looked back. Kashma, third year forward Gabriella Short (Calgary) and third year defender Elizabeth Hicks (Surrey, B.C.) added markers in the second half. Fifth year keeper Rachel Sydor (Tsawwassen, BC) notched her third shutout of the season.
The WolfPack's Danielle Robertson made eight saves in the loss.
Amy Gartke opened the scoring in the 18th minute when she took a pass from Kashima on the far side and split the WolfPack back line. Her left foot shot made it past Robertson. It was Gartke's fourth goal of the year.
Robertson made it 2-0 in the 21st minute when was the recipient of some hard work done by first year forward Sierra Haldorson (Winnipeg) who outmuscled the TRU defender deep on the right side of the pitch. She put it into the middle for Robertson who blasted the ball high right side. It was Robertson's third goal of the year.
Kathleen Chin made it 3-0 for the Spartans in the 24th minute. Chin got the pass after Robertson turned and set her up from 20 yards out. Chin's first goal of the season.
Kashima got the first goal of the second half and her fifth of the season in the 49th minute when she got a through ball from rookie forward Makenna Dieterich (Burnaby, B.C.) who split the TRU back line and put a shot high right side on Robertson.
In the 55th minute TWU went up 5-0 when Hicks was left unchecked in the 18 yard box and made no mistake. Kashima drew the assist. Hicks 2nd goal of the campaign.
Gabriella Short got the final goal of the night in the 84th minute. Short was the recipient of a breakaway attempt by Kashima. Robertson made the initial stop on a drive, before Short found herself alone with the open net to put TWU up 6-0. The goal was Short's fourth of the year.
TWU Head Coach Graham Roxburgh
On the game
"We talked about generating chances early and pressing a little bit higher. I thought they (TRU) competed but once we started to score they had to come out a bit and opened up some space. I am pleased. We started well and were on our front foot. We weren't like that last week. In the end, we generated a lot of chances. It was a decent performance but I thought we could get sharper on our decisions.
On ball control and possession game:
"We work lots on possession and like to keep the ball on the ground. We have some talented people at midfield in Jennaye, Amy and Kat Chin. When they are on the ball we keep possession very well. We also have some weapons up front. I am quite pleased we put some links together. We put some nice combinations together. We didn't get the final product quite often but I was pleased."
- The Spartans outshot the WolfPack 29-5 in total shots and 16-1 in shots on target.
- TWU had a 13-4 edge in corner kicks.
The Spartans will now travel to Kelowna, B.C. to take on the UBC Okanagan Heat. Match time is set for 1 p.m.