Spartans Knock Off Huskies In Preseason Action

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Mark Janzen

August 26, 2013, Langley, BC (ISN) – With goals from Jessica King (Liverpool, England) and Krista Gommeringer (Calgary), the Trinity Western women’s soccer team earned a 2-0 win over Saskatchewan in the Spartans first preseason contest against CIS competition Monday at Rogers Field.

It was King opening the scoring in the 42nd minute and Gommeringer sealing the win with a 53rd minute tally.

Despite Saskatchewan outshooting TWU 16-10, Spartans goalie Bailey Williams-Kapels (Puyallup, Wash.) made five saves to earn the shutout. Saskatchewan goalie Kyleigh Vause made three saves in the loss.

The Spartans have now earned wins in all four of their preseason contests, including two on their trip to Guatemala and a victory in a scrimmage over Quest University.

“In preseason, you’re always looking to see who will surprise you while giving players who haven’t seen the field as much a chance to play against a good time like Saskatchewan,” said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh. “I was pleased. I thought we weren’t very disciplined in the first half, but in the second half we were better. It was a good run for both teams, but obviously we both recognize that we’re going to have to be a lot sharper in the future.

“Isabella Di Trocchio (Burnaby, B.C.) continues to impress us in preseason. She’s grasping how we want to play moving forward. I thought Sarah Hannigan (Anmore, B.C.) was good tonight. She gives us a different dimension and plays a hard, simple game. And Stephanie Chin (Calgary) has been an excellent player for us in preseason. I thought those three stood out the most tonight.”

After a back and forth opening half in which neither team generated much of a rhythm, it was the Spartans King (Liverpool, England) breaking the deadlock as she converted a rebound from 10 yards out to give the home side a 1-0 lead.

Saskatchewan keeper Vause made the initial save on a hard shot off the left wing from Gommeringer, but couldn’t get to the rebound, with King notching her first of the preseason.

The Huskies had seven shots in the first half to TWU’s five, while both teams had two shots on target.

Gommeringer doubled the Spartans lead in the 53rd minute when Sarah-Kim Bergeron (Calgary) sent a chip shot cross from the left side into the middle and the TWU striker connected with a diving header. Joanna Geck (Calgary) also got an assist on the goal as she sent a long cross from the right side that found Bergeron inside the box.

The best chance for the Huskies to get on the board came 12 minutes into the second half when Jenelle Zapski cut across the top of the box to her left and whipped a shot against the grain. Unfortunately for the Huskies, TWU’s Williams-Kapels made a sharp diving save.

The Spartans are back on the pitch Thursday when they host UBC Okanagan in a scrimmage at 5 p.m. at Rogers Field.

Game Notes: Saskatchewan’s Kelly Cerkowniak was shown the lone yellow of the match in the 27th minute.