March 30, 2013, Langley, BC (ISN) – It may not have been the prettiest of wins, but the Trinity Western men’s soccer team still managed to pull out a 2-1 decision over visiting Gonzaga Friday at Rogers Field.
Despite facing plenty of pressure from the Bulldogs throughout the contest, the Spartans did just enough to get the victory as goals from Rhys Volkenant (Surrey, B.C.) and Jarvis Ambaka (Maragoli, Kenya) proved to be all they would need.
“I thought it was the most shallow 2-1 win we’ve ever had,” said Spartans coach Pat Rohla. “I thought the score flattered us to be honest. But nonetheless, if you don’t play well and still get a result, that’s a good sign.”
Volkenant was the first to get the Spartans on the board as he converted a Jordan Whitehead (Surrey) cross from a corner.
The Spartans Ambaka then got what would be the winning goal when he finished a well-built play, which was instigated from the back by Kalem Scott (Comox, B.C.).
After an impressive individual run, Scott connected with Nico Verseveldt (Burnaby, B.C.) in the midfield, who kept the play moving forward before giving it right back to a streaking Scott, who broke through Gonzaga’s back line and fed the ball to Ambaka. Last year’s TWU scorer leader made no mistake, burying his chance with a one-touch finish.
Gonzaga hit two posts in the game and came close on a number of other occasions.
The Spartans back in action April 2, when they play the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Reserves at UBC at 5 p.m. They return to Rogers Field April 6, when they host Seattle Pacific at 1 p.m., and April 12, when they host Western Washington at 7:30 p.m.