Four First Half UBC Goals Sink Spartans

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Mark Janzen

September 15, 2013, Langley, BC (ISN) – For the second time in as many nights, the Trinity Western men’s soccer team succumbed to a clinical UBC offence as the Spartans (1-3) fell to the Thunderbirds (3-1) 6-1 Saturday at Rogers Field.

After winning 5-1 Friday night at UBC, the T-Birds kept their momentum rolling right into Saturday’s game and it didn’t take long for the scoring to being as Paul Clerc tallied for UBC in the 11th minute. After that, the Spartans defence held UBC off the scoreboard for just 20 minutes before the floodgates opened. With a pair of goals from Reynold Stewart and one from Sean Einarsson, all within 10:41, UBC staked itself to a 4-0 lead.

The Spartans Carlos del Aguila (Langley) scored in the 43rd minute to close the gap to three goals before halftime, but second half goals from Milad Mehrabi and Harry Lakhan put the game entirely out of reach.

The Thunderbirds, dominating possession for the duration of the contest, outshot TWU 19-3 and had 11 shots on target to the Spartans two.

The Spartans Evan Lowther (Surrey, B.C.) made five saves in the loss while UBC’s Ante Boskovic had one save in the win.

“There’s nothing to be said after a game like that,” said Spartans coach Pat Rohla. “People either don’t understand their roles and responsibilities or they’re not willing to execute them. It’s disappointing for everybody. We’re in a situation where we’re trying to give people opportunities but they have to be willing to man up and take care of the opportunities. In the end, we got taken apart by a very good team.”

After earning plenty of early possession, the Thunderbirds Clerc opened the scoring in the 11th minute and, with that, the momentum was entirely UBC’s.

The T-Birds doubled their lead on the half hour mark when Stewart got his head to a ball in the box, deflecting it past a helpless Lowther.

The Stewart goal barrage continued with Stewart scoring in the 39th minute and Einarsson converting a Navid Mashinchi pass from in tight in the 41st minute.

Del Aguila got the Spartans on the board with a wicked curling shot that beat Boskovic to the low left corner, but that would be it for the TWU offence.

A Mehrabi header in the 52nd minute made it a 5-1 game and then a low screamer from 40 yards out off the foot of Lakhan in the 61st minute rounded out the scoring.

Trinity Western will look to regroup next weekend when it travels to Victoria Friday and Fraser Valley Sunday. The T-Birds will host UFV Friday before travelling to play Victoria Saturday.

Game Notes: TWU was whistled for 17 fouls to UBC’s 9…TWU’s Sam Delfs (Edmonton), Elie Gindo (Langley) and Rhys Volkenant (Surrey) all were given yellow cards while UBC’s Lakhan also received a yellow.

Scott Harrigan
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