Casdades Split Season Series With Spartans

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Scott Stewart

September 23, 2013, Abbotsford, BC (ISN) – The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades defeated the Trinity Western University Spartans, 4-2, in Canada West men’s soccer action this afternoon at Bateman Park, in Abbotsford, B.C. The loss drops the Spartans to 1-0-4, while the win moves the Cascades to 3-3-0.

Today’s Cascade win splits the season series between these Fraser Valley rivals; the Spartans took the first game on September 6th, 2-1. Both matches were road games for the Spartans.

“It is a difficult situation for everyone, the guys are doing their best to move the program forward, but it is a lot to ask. It is not that guys don’t want to play, but they are put in situations that are difficult for them,” commented TWU head coach Pat Rohla. “We won’t quit and we remain focused on our task to be the best team that we can be given our circumstances. It is difficult to ask more, but will continue to do so. We have to hold our head up and play in a way that is respectful of our program and school. We will keep our focus forward and continue to work through and look for solutions.”

Fraser Valley second year midfielder Justin Sekhon (Abbotsford, B.C.) put the Cascades on the board with a penalty kick past second year TWU goalkeeper Andrew Hicks (Surrey, B.C.) in the 25th minute.

Trinity Western third year forward Jerome Lou (Surrey, B.C) tied the match in the 40th minute as the two teams went into the break knotted at 1-1. After 45 minutes UFV had seven shots on goal, while TWU had two.

The second half started with an infraction in the TWU box, which led to Sekhon’s second successful penalty shot in the 48th minute.

The Spartans rallied once again a goal from second year defender Kalem Scott (Comox, B.C.) in the 52nd minute.

Fraser Valley second-year forward James Najman (Surrey, B.C.) found the back of the net in the 64th minute with the eventual game winner to put the Cascades up 3-2. UFV’s Connor MacMillan (Chilliwack, B.C.) got the insurance goal for the Cascades in the 73rd minute.

In the second half UFV finished with four shots on goal, while TWU had two.

The Spartans second year keeper Andrew Hicks (Surrey, B.C.) made four saves in the loss, while the Cascades Mark Village (Abbotsford, B.B.) only faced two shots to earb his first victory against TWU in his four year career.

The Spartans will now return home for matches against the University of Alberta and the University of Saskatchewan. Match times on Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28 are set for 7 p.m.

Both matches can be seen live on canadawest.tv.

Game Notes: Currently, due to injury, the Spartans are short 11 players from the squad that opened training camp in August, including seven starters…

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