September 27, 2013, PRINCE GEORGE, British Columbia – The No. 7 Trinity Western women’s soccer team (2-1-3) put together one of its most complete efforts of the season and, with that, got back in the win column Friday with a convincing 4-0 road win over Northern British Columbia (0-6-1).
The Spartans Natalie Boyd (Surrey, B.C.) got TWU on the board in the fifth minute and the visitors proved to be the better side throughout. Jennifer Castillo (Surrey, B.C.) added a goal in first half stoppage time to give TWU a 2-0 halftime lead and then two late goals from Krista Gommeringer (Calgary), in the 83rd and 88th minute, rounded out the scoring.
With the win, TWU, who is unbeaten in its last four games, moved into a tie for fourth place in Canada West. Meanwhile, the loss sees UNBC fall to the bottom of the conference standings.
The Spartans outshot UNBC 29-5 and had a 16-2 edge in shots on target. Trinity Western also had a 10-0 edge in corner kicks.
“We came out with lots of energy and had chance after chance in the first half,” said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh. “It was a good overall performance and I was really pleased with our start. We had energy and we passed the ball well.
“UNBC continues to get better and made it difficult for us, but we were able to break them down. We had a great performance from Natalie Boyd and our back four played extremely well. Stephanie Chin had a really good game tonight as she dealt with their most threatening forward. We had lots of good performances.”
The reigning national champions did not waste any time getting on the score sheet in the first half as Boyed took a pass from Jessica King (Liverpool, England) and danced around the Timberwolves defence, creating enough space to take her shot.
Despite a bevy of chances, TWU was held off the scoreboard until the final play of the first half when Castillo fired a high shot over the UNBC keeper. The ball bounced off the crossbar and into the back of the net, Colleen Webber (Calgary, Alta.), who sent the ball into the box off a free kick, was credited with the assist.
In the second half, the Spartans controlled possession and were able to capitalize with two goals in the final five minutes by Gommeringer. The second-year forward netted her first of the match off a ball from Jenna Di Nunzio (North Delta, B.C.), who was playing in her first regular season game of the season following nearly a year off due to injury. Shortly after, Boyd sent a cross to Gommeringer who sealed the deal with a long hard shot, past the Timberwolves keeper, straight to the back of the net.
The Spartans host Winnipeg and Manitoba next weekend on Oct. 4-5. The Timberwolves continue their Canada West campaign on Sunday, Sept. 29 when they host the No.4 UBC Thunderbirds.