TWU Spartans Fall To Western Washington

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Mark Janzen

August 31, 2013, Langley, BC (ISN) – A pair of goals from Western Washington’s Jessica Bertucci proved to be the difference Saturday evening as the Trinity Western women’s soccer team fell 3-1 to the visiting Vikings at Rogers Field.

Bertucci scored both of her goals inside the first 20 minutes and, from there, the Vikings held off TWU the rest of the way. The Spartans Caitlin Haines (New Westminster, B.C.) got the home side to within one goal in the 35th minute, but WWU sealed the win in the 84th when Catherine Miles scored to restore the Vikings two-goal edge.

The Spartans finished with a 7-4 advantage in shots on goal but it was WWU with a 17-8 edge in total shots.

The loss is the Spartans first of the preseason as they had won all five of their previous outings.

The Spartans will now look forward to their Canada West regular season-opening contest on the road against UBC Sept. 9.

“Western gave us everything that I expected they would give us because they’re a good team,” said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh. “They’re aggressive and athletic and they played the way I expected them to play. We had a couple of scrambles in our box, which led to two very poor goals. I didn’t think we got outplayed, but I thought we were more clinical and more mature tonight and, overall, I was pretty disappointed with the way we defended tonight.

“I’m disappointed to lose, but sometimes losing a game gives you a good assessment of areas where we need to get better. The score line doesn’t necessarily reflect the game, yet at the same time I don’t think we were good enough to win tonight.”

The Vikings opened the scoring in the 13th minute when Bertucci found her own rebound from inside the box and slammed her opportunity past Spartans goalie Bailey Williams-Kapels (Puyallup, Wash.).

Just over a minute later, WWU nearly doubled its lead, but a Kristin Maris header attempt thumped squarely off the left post.

In the 19th minute, the Vikings made good on a chance for their second of the game, scoring what proved to be the winner. Bertucci won a battle for the ball at the top left side of the box, turned and slotted it to the far right corner beyond a diving Williams-Kapels.

After a push back from the Spartans, TWU eventually cut the Vikings lead in half in the 35th minute when Haines took a pass over the top from Colleen Webber (Calgary), won the ball off a WWU defender two yards from the byline and whipped it short side past Vikings goalie Alyssa Beauchamp.

After a back and forth second half that generated little in the way of quality chances, Miles salted the win away when she beat Williams-Kapels from 10 yards out. The Vikings Elise Aylward sent a perfectly-timed through ball into Miles, who tucked the ball just under a charging Williams-Kapels.

Games Notes: The Spartans Jessica King was shown a yellow card in the 57th minute while WWU’s Kim Cooper saw yellow in the 56th minute.

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