October 4, 2013, LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western women’s soccer team extended its undefeated streak to five games with a 5-0 win over Winnipeg Friday at Rogers Field.
Hosting the Wesmen for the first time since Winnipeg’s women’s soccer team joined the Canada West conference last year, TWU (3-1-3) proved to be the superior side early and often as it was the Spartans maintaining pressure almost entirely throughout the contest.
Vaness Kovacs (North Delta, B.C.) got a head to a corner kick in the second minute as she found the back of the net for the Spartans first goal of the night and sparked what turned into a five-goal barrage. Also scoring for the Spartans was Jessica King (Liverpool, England), who netted two, as well as Krista Gommeringer (Calgary) and Alicia Tesan (Vancouver).
The Wesmen (1-7-0) battled well, but couldn’t keep up with a TWU side that was determined to earn back-to-back win for the first time all year. After starting the year a tie with UBC and loss to Victoria, the Spartans are now 3-0-2 over their last five games.
“I’m obviously excited that we started so well,” said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh. “We talked about having a good start and not giving them hope. I thought we lulled ourselves to sleep midway through the first half and it was disappointing that we got a little bit mentally lazy at that point. But, overall it was a good performance but I think we know we have to get better. I don’t think we were as cutting edge as we could have been.
“Nat Boyd (Surrey, B.C.) was excellent in the second half with her ability to move the ball. It was really good to see Jenna di Nunzio (North Delta, B.C.) get some good minutes and be a threat. And I thought Nikki Wright (Cloverdale, B.C.) and Jessica King were very good.”
The Spartans outshot Winnipeg 38-0 and had an 18-0 edge in shots on target. Wesmen goalie Taylor Thorkelsson collected 13 saves in the loss while Spartans goalies Rachel Bedek (London, Ont.) and Bailey Williams-Kapels (Puyallup, Wash.), who each played 45 minutes, combined for the clean sheet. Neither were forced to make a save.
With pressure right from the opening whistle, Kovacs’ opened the scoring off a Gommeringer corner and the Spartans were off and running.
Keeping the Wesmen largely under wraps, TWU had numerous goal-scoring opportunities before Jessica King (Liverpool, England) finally doubled the Spartans lead in the 23rd minute. King took a pass from Kovacs and whipped past Wesmen goalie Thorkelsson.
In the 42nd minute, Tesan extended TWU’s lead to three goals as she capitalized on a Wesmen turnover and chipped a loose ball past Thorkelsson from 25 yards out.
The Spartans continued to apply pressure in the second half as Gommeringer scored in the 51st minute. With Thorkelsson caught out of postion, Gommeringer converted a pass from Caitlin Haines (New Westminster, B.C.) into a wide open net from inside 10 yards. Alessandro Oliverio (Calgary) also collected an assist as she sparked the attack with a well-timed ball through to Haines.
King rounded out the scoring in the 86th minute when she tallied her second of the evening after taking a tidy pass from Oliverio.
“I think we’ve been doing well in training and working hard,” King said. “I think it just translated into how we played tonight. The coaches have been encouraging us to keep playing together and I think we connected well tonight.”
The Spartans are back in action Saturday when they will host Manitoba at 5 p.m. The game can be seen at twu.canadawest.tv. The Wesmen also return to the pitch Saturday as they will travel to play UBC at 5 p.m.
GAME NOTES: The Spartans had a 12-0 edge in corner kicks…TWU was called offside eight times to Winnipeg’s one.