September 14, 2013, Vancouver, BC (ISN) – Despite trailing just 1-0 at halftime, the Trinity Western men’s soccer team (1-2) fell apart in the final 45 minutes as an injury-depleted Spartans squad lost 5-1 to No. 4 UBC (2-1) on the road Friday night.
After UBC’s Niall Cousens had given the Thunderbirds a 1-0 lead going into halftime, the home side exploded for four second half goals, three of which came in a span of less than six minutes, to give the defending national champions a commanding 5-0 lead. The Spartans Mitchell Urzinger (Langley) scored on a free kick from 25 yards out in second half stoppage time to give TWU its only goal of the match.
The Thunderbirds second half goals came from Reynold Stewart in the 59th minute, Navid Mashinchi in the 63rd minute, Paul Clerc in the 65th minute and Milad Mehrabi in the 83rd minute.
“I think this is a chance for everyone to look in the mirror and ask how they’re going to move the program forward,” said Spartans coach Pat Rohla. “When players get injured, others have to step into the fray and not be afraid of it. We didn’t execute when we had the chances early and if we could have got one in the first half, it may have been a different game. Every chance UBC got, they buried it and that was the difference tonight.”
The Spartans were outshot 17-5 and were at a 6-1 disadvantage in shots on target.
UBC goalie Ante Boskovic made one save in the win while TWU keeper Andrew Hicks (Surrey, B.C.) made one stop in the loss.
The Spartans will now look to regroup as, in less than 24 hours, they will host the Thunderbirds Saturday at 7 p.m. at Rogers Field.
Game Notes: TWU’s Andrew Phillips (Lake Errock, B.C.) and Jerome Lou (Surrey, B.C) were shown yellow cards in the 60th and 87th minutes, respectively while UBC’s Harry Lakhan and Sean Einarsson were given yellows in the 15th and 26th minutes.