Spartans knock off Pronghorns in dominant win

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October 13, 2013, Alberta (ISN) – Paced by Natalie Boyd’s (Surrey, B.C.) two-goal effort, the Trinity Western women’s soccer team capped off a perfect weekend in Alberta as it earned a decisive 5-1 win over Lethbridge Sunday afternoon.

Along with Boyd’s two goals, the Spartans (6-1-3) received a major contribution from Krista Gommeringer (Calgary), who finished the game with a goal and three assists, as TWU picked up its fifth straight win and second in as many days after beating Calgary 1-0 Saturday.

The Spartans also got goals from Alessandra Oliverio (Calgary) and Caitlin Haines (New Westminster, B.C.), while Kim Shellenberg responded for the Pronghorns (0-9-2).

Following Saturday’s win over the Dinos, the Spartans put the ‘Horns on their heels early and with Gommeringer’s goal in the eighth minute took complete control of the match the rest of the way. By the end of 90 minutes, the Spartans had directed 21 shots towards the ‘Horns net, while holding the Lethbridge attack to just seven shots.

After starting the year 0-2-1, the Spartans are now unbeaten in eight matches, going 6-0-2. With two games to play, TWU sits in fifth place in the Canada West standings and is three points behind second place UBC and Victoria and five behind first place Alberta. The Spartans will finish the regular season Oct. 18-19 when they host Alberta Friday and Mount Royal Saturday at Rogers Field.

“We’re really pleased that we came to a place that can often be a difficult place to get a result and earned a win,” said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh. “We started well and executed well. I thought Nat Boyd was probably the player of the game with her work rate. Her ability to distribute and the fact that she got on the score sheet twice was impressive. Krista Gommeringer also had an impressive game along with our centre backs and at the end of the day we came away with the necessary three points.”

Gommeringer, who was TWU’s lone goal-scorer against Calgary, kicked off the Spartans attack as she streaked through the Lethbridge defenders on a pass from Oliverio, skillfully dribbled around a charging ‘Horns keeper Micaela Stone before depositing the ball into the open net.

Gommeringer had a hand in the next goal as well as her strike hit the crossbar before Boyd got a head to it for her first of the day.

Despite only registering four first half shots, Shellenberg cut the TWU lead in half, scoring from a free kick just past the 39th minute.

Wasting little time, the Spartans responded right back, scoring less than a minute later when Oliverio picked up her third of the season.

While the ‘Horns held the Spartans offence at bay for the first portion of the second half and had more touches than the first, they could not penetrate the Spartans defence.

Following a good sequence down the field for the ‘Horns, Kelsy Graham had Lethbridge’s best chance to cut into the Spartan lead but her shot from deep in the Spartans box was turned aside by Spartan keeper Rachel Bedek (London, Ont).

Boyd widened the Spartans lead in the 74th minute with a shot from 25 yards out that was just out of the reach of Stone, and Haines rounded out the scoring just over two minutes later with a slick finish off one of the Spartans six corner kicks.

Making her first start for the Pronghorns, Stone finished the day with six saves, while Bedek made three stops to earn her sixth win of the season.

Lethbridge will cap a tough season next weekend with one game in Calgary versus the Dinos.

Game Notes: TWU finished with an 11-4 edge in shots on goal.