KELOWNA, British Columbia – The Trinity Western Spartans used three second half goals to earn a 3-0 win over the UBC Okanagan Heat Sunday afternoon in Canada West women's soccer action in Kelowna, B.C.
The victory improves the No. 3 Spartans to 7-1-0, while the loss drops the Heat to 2-5-1.
The Spartans fifth year keeper Rachel Sydor Tsawwassen, B.C.) faced three shots, but was up to the task on each occasion, as she recorded the win and her fourth shutout of the season. The Heat's Iona Lawson, who was under constant pressure in the second half, made eight saves in the loss.
The two teams were scoreless after the first 45 minutes, but out of the break the Spartans immediately put pressure on the Heat.
TWU third year defender Elizabeth Hicks (Surrey, B.C.) opened the scoring in the 57th minute when she converted a corner kick from fifth year forward Seina Kashima (Burnaby, B.C.) to give the Spartans the 1-0 lead.
The Spartans put the game out of reach midway through the half when TWU fifth year midfielder Kathleen Chin (Calgary) scored in the 66th minute, with third year forward Gabi Short (Calgary) making it a 3-0 lead in the 67th minute.
Chin's goal came off of a nice move by rookie forward Makenna Dieterich (Langley, B.C.). Dieterich received a throw-in just inside the box and immediately spun past her defender and fed a wide open Chin to give TWU the 2-0 lead.
Short got her second point of the night when she made a nice pass from the right side of the box to find Chin, who was able to get a toe on the ball and redirect it past a defenseless Lawson.
TWU Head Coach Graham Roxburgh
On the game
"It has been a good weekend. UBC Okanagan made it difficult for us and they defended well. I was a little disappointed on how flat we were to start the match, but we responded to the challenge in the second half. We are going to have to continue to get better, especially in terms of being mentally sharp and making good decisions.
On his veteran midfielders
"We had good play in the midfield in the second half and they, Jenaya Robertson (4th year, Delta, B.C.), Amy Gartke (5th year, Edmonton) and Kat Chin (5th year, Calgary), were why we got better."
- The Spartans had an 18-4 edge in shots, and an 11-3 advantage in shots on goal.
- UBC Okanagan only managed one shot in the second half to TWU's eight.
The Spartans will travel back to the lower mainland for a home-and-home series with the UFV Cascades. The first game is Friday night at 5 p.m. at TWU's Chase Office Field, while the second match is on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. in Abbotsford, B.C.