October 19, 2012, LANGLEY, British Columbia – The No.3 Trinity Western women’s soccer team will get one more regular season game at Rogers Field after all as, due to inclement weather and accessibility issues at Chilliwack’s Exhibition Field, this Friday’s road game against unranked Fraser Valley will now be played on TWU’s Rogers Field. Kick-off is at 5 p.m. and the game will be streamed live at www.canadawest.tv.
TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (9-1-0)
CIS ranking: No. 3
Canada West Standings: 1st
Last weekend: UNBC 7-0 W
Streak: 1 win
2011 Canada West record: 12-1-1, 1st
2011 Canada West tournament: 2-0, 1st
2011 CIS tournament: 1-2, 6th
With a win Friday, coupled with a Victoria loss or tie in its match with UBC, the Spartans can clinch first place in the Canada West regular season standings. And with that carrot in front of them and the opportunity to play a bonus home game, TWU will certainly be chomping at the bit to get things going Friday night.
Coming off a 7-0 win over UNBC in their lone game last weekend, TWU will be looking to build a winning streak as they head towards the post-season dance. Having dropped only one game so far all season – a 2-0 setback on the road against Alberta two weeks ago — the Spartans enter this Friday’s contest brimming with confidence. And with a seven-goal outburst in their last outing, the Spartans are hoping their year-long trend of regular season success continues for one more weekend.
The Spartans are first or second in every major statistical category and all nine of their wins have been won by at least a three-goal margin. Trinity Western leads the conference in goals allowed (0.30 per game), shutouts (eight), shots (21.90 per game), points (9.30 per game) and assists (5.20 per game), and are second in goals scored with 41 in 10 games. Only Victoria, with 45 goals, has more.
Individually, the Spartans have also been dominant as first-year Krista Gommeringer leads the conference in points with 20, including 11 goals and nine assists, while Alicia Tesan is fourth in points with 12, including two goals and a conference-leading 10 helpers. Gommeringer is also on a Spartans record pace as she is just three points behind Carlee O’Brien’s single-season points record of 23, which was set in 2004.
In net, goalie Kristen Funk leads Canada West in shutouts, with eight, goals against average, at 0.30 and save percentage, at .900.
FRASER VALLEY CASCADES (6-3-1)
CIS Ranking: NR
Canada West Standings: 5th
Last Weekend: Victoria 1-0 L
Streak: 1 loss
2011 Canada West record: 3-8-3, 7th
2011 Canada West tournament: N/A
2011 CIS tournament: N/A
While the Cascades will be playing this Friday’s “home” game on the road, ironically, they’ll be doing so while gunning for a home playoff spot.
Sitting in fifth place in the conference heading into the final weekend, UFV is just two points behind fourth-place Regina, and with the top four teams earning home playoff dates, there is plenty on the line for the Cascades this Friday. Fraser Valley would also no doubt like to avoid having to play one of the top three teams – in TWU, UBC and Victoria – in the opening round of the playoffs and a fourth or fifth place finish would ensure that.
Having lost 1-0 to Victoria in their lone game last weekend, the Cascades will be looking to be back in the win column against a Spartans team they have had decent success against of late.
While the Cascades lost the last regular season contest between the two teams, a 1-0 setback in 2011, over their last five games, including playoffs, UFV is a tidy 2-1-2 against the perennially-contending Spartans.
The Cascades, who are fourth in Canada West with 2.30 goals scored per game, will look largely to the likes of Donna Pinning and Carly Neeson for offence. Pinning leads the team in goals with five while Neeson leads the team in points with seven, including four goals and three assists.
Defensively, UFV is averaging 0.80 goals against per game, which is good for fifth in the conference and they have yet to allow more than two goals in any game this year.
Between the woodwork, the duties have been split between Kayla Klim and Chantelle Biagioni, but it’s been Klim getting the start in the Cascades last two games. Along the way, Klim, who registered a combined 10 saves on 11 shots over the last two games, has posted a 0.75 goals against average, a .824 save percentage and one shutout this year while Biagioni has a 0.83 GAA, a .800 save percentage and three shutouts.