October 12, 2013, CALGARY (ISN) – The Trinity Western women’s soccer team pushed its unbeaten streak to seven games and its winning streak to four games as the Spartans earned a 1-0 win over Calgary Saturday at West Varsity Pitch.
Krista Gommeringer (Calgary) scored the lone goal for the Spartans as TWU improved to 5-1-3 and, in doing so, secured a Canada West playoff berth. Calgary, who had clinched a playoff berth last week, fell to 5-3-2.
Gommeringer took a cross from Colleen Webber (Calgary) in first half stoppage time and dispensed the ball in the low left corner for what would prove to be the game-winning goal.
The win saw the Spartans leapfrog Calgary into fifth place in the conference standings and improve to 5-0-2 over their past seven contests.
Trinity Western has now gone five games without allowing a goal. The last time the Spartans gave up a goal, was in the 60th minute against Saskatchewan on Sept. 21.
The Spartans Rachel Bedek (London, Ont.) made six saves to earn her sixth shutout of the year while Calgary’s Samantha Chang-Foidl made three saves in the loss.
It was also the Spartans first time playing against first-year Dinos coach Troye Flannery, who is a TWU alumnus and a former Spartans coach and consultant.
“I thought we played well and were particularly sharp in the second half,” said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh. “I thought after halftime we controlled the play and were unlucky not to score the second or possibly even the third goal.
“Alicia Tesan (Vancouver) came on and played some fantastic minutes down the right and had a really good game. Vanessa Kovacs (North Delta, B.C.) was excellent and Natalie Boyd (Surrey, B.C.) was the energizer bunny. And our whole back four contained what is a very offensive team. In the end, it was a good team performance.”
The first half was largely dominated by the Spartans as they controlled possession for much of the opening 45 minutes. The first great chance of the game for TWU came in the 16th minute when a cross found the head of Gommeringer in the box but her attempt sailed wide.
However, late in the opening half, a cross from Webber made its way to Gommeringer once again and she made no mistake this time, finding the back of the net for her sixth goal of the year. The other assist came from defender Jennifer Castillo (Surrey, B.C.).
In the second half, the Spartans continued to control the play and a second goal in the game almost came to fruition when Gommeringer once again had an opportunity to head it into the back of the net. Fortunately for Calgary, the cross bar was the Dinos saviour.
As the game was winding down, Calgary put on the pressure. A run up the sidelines from Nikki Furukawa allowed her to cross it through the six-yard box and past TWU goalkeeper Bedek. Ann Stranges ended up on the other side of the net, and although it was wide open, her shot went high and over the cross bar.
The Spartans are back at it Sunday when they will play Lethbridge at noon local time. The Dinos will take on the UBC Thunderbirds in their second to last game of the regular season also at noon Sunday.
Game Notes: TWU had a 15-8 edge in shots but Calgary had a 6-4 advantage in shots on target…TWU’s Gommeringer and Calgary’s Courtney Elliott each were shown yellow cards.