Quarter-final #3: Defending champ Spartans too much for Laurier


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TORONTO (CIS) – All-Canadian striker Krista Gommeringerscored two goals as the CIS defending champion Trinity WesternSpartans blanked the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 3-0 in the thirdquarter-final of the day at the 2013 national women’s soccerchampionship Thursday evening at Varsity Centre.

Trinity Western remains undefeated in their now four meetingswith Laurier on the national stage.

The Spartans, who look to capture their record-tying fifth CIStitle – all in the past decade, are set to appear in theirfourth championship semifinal in the past six years. Saturday at4:30 p.m., they will take on the winner of Thursday’s fourthquarter-final, featuring the AUS champion Cape Breton Capers andhost Toronto Varsity Blues.

Each time the Spartans have won their quarter-final in their sixprior appearances, they have claimed the CIS title.

The Golden Hawks move to the consolation side of the bracket andwill take on either Cape Breton or Toronto tomorrow at 4:30p.m.

“It was a pretty even first half and then we were veryfortunate to score an opportunistic goal that settled our nerves alittle bit,” said Spartans head coach Graham Roxburgh.“I thought we played extremely well in the second half andI’m really pleased with that.”

The Spartans opened the scoring just before the half whenGommeringer, a Calgary native, sent a corner kick that deflectedoff a Laurier player and into the net.

Laurier goalkeeper Katrina Ward of Surrey, B.C., came up with abig save minutes later and Trinity Western took a 1-0 lead intohalftime.

Golden Hawks defender Sarah Farano of Oakville, Ont., almostnetted the equalizer in the 53rd minute, but Spartans goalkeeperRachel Bedek of London, Ont., jumped up for the huge save.

Trinity Western extended their lead in the 69th minute asfourth-year veteran Jessica King of Liverpool, England, crossed theball to Gommeringer, who headed it off the cross bar and in.

Fellow CIS all-Canadian Emily Brown of Waterloo, Ont., nearlygot the Hawks on the board in the 76th when she rang a booming shotof the cross bar.

Gommeringer notched her second of the game in the 86th minute asshe intercepted a Laurier header and made no mistake in finding theback of the net to give the Spartans the 3-0 victory.

“The score is not a reflection of the game at all,”said Laurier head coach Barry MacLean. “On balance of play,we were as good as they were throughout the game. We had a coupleof great chances. I think a couple of goalkeeping errors are thedifference in the game and the third goal we were pushed forwardand we gave away the goal.”

TWU 1-2: 3
WLU 0-0: 0

First Half
1. TWU (own goal), 45th

Second Half
2. TWU Krista Gommeringer (1) (Jessica King), 69th
3. TWU Krista Gommeringer (2) (unassisted), 86th

TWU: Rachel Bedek (W, 0 GA, 1 save, 90:00, 1-0)
WLU: Katrina Ward (L, 3 GA, 5 saves, 90:00, 0-1)

Team Stats
Shots: TWU 13, WLU 6
Shots on net: TWU 8, WLU 1
Corners: TWU 7, WLU 2
Offsides: TWU 2, WLU 0
Fouls: TWU 7, WLU 9
Yellow cards: none
Red cards: none

Players of the game:
TWU: Vanessa Kovacs
WLU: Julie Maheu


Thursday, Nov. 7
11:00 Quarter-final 1: Montreal 2, Western 1
13:30 Quarter-final 2: Alberta 1, Laval 0
16:30 Quarter-final 3: Trinity Western 3, Wilfrid Laurier 0
19:00 Quarter-final 4: Cape Breton vs. Toronto (www.CIS-SIC.tv)

Friday, Nov. 8
13:30 Consolation 1: Western vs. Laval (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
16:30 Consolation 2: Wilfrid Laurier vs. Loser QF 4 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)

Saturday, Nov. 9
13:30 Semifinal 1: Montreal vs. Alberta (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
16:30 Semifinal 2: Trinity Western vs. Winner QF 4 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)

Sunday, Nov. 10
11:00 5th-place game (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
13:30 Bronze medal (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
16:30 Championship final (www.CIS-SIC.tv)

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