TWU women’s soccer team dropped a 3-2 decision

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Aug 28,2014(ISN) – LANGLEY, British Columbia – Playing in its final game of its 2014 preseason
schedule, the Trinity Western women’s soccer team dropped a 3-2 decision against
Western Washington Wednesday at Rogers Field.

The Spartans Isabella Di Trocchio (Burnaby, B.C.) scored in the 73rd minute to give
the Spartans a 2-1 lead, but the Vikings rallied shortly thereafter with two goals
inside the next four minutes to put the visitors ahead for good.

After WWU’s Becca Cates scored in the 75th minute with a shot that snuck inside the
right post, Elise Aylward tallied the winner just over a minute later. From 40 yards
out, Aylward looped a shot over the head of Spartans goalie Sophie Traxler (Calgary)
and found the back of the net. Traxler got a hand to it but not enough to keep it
out.

In the first half, TWU’s Jessica King (Liverpool, England) and the Vikings Caitlyn
Jobanek each tallied to send the teams to the locker room tied 1-1.

The Spartans (1-5) outshot the Vikings (2-0) 19-8 and had a 12-6 edge in shots on goal.

“Anytime you go up 2-1 and then give away two soft goals, there’s a feeling of
disappointment,” said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh. “But we can take a lot of
positives out of this game. I thought we combined and passed the ball better than we
have so far in the preseason. I thought a couple of kids raised their games and
showed that they can play at this level.

“Beyond some of the play of our younger kids, I also was particularly impressed with
Vanessa Kovacs (North Delta, B.C.) as well as (Alessandra) Oliverio (Calgary). I
thought both stood out tonight.”

Less than four minutes into the first half, Jobanek opened the scoring when her shot
from the left side of the box sailed into the top right corner, past Traxler. But 20
minutes later, King tied the contest. The Spartans Jenna Di Nunzio (North Delta,
B.C.) sent a cross in from the right flank and King knocked it past Vikings goalie
Ashley Haden.

In the second half, the Spartans Di Trocchio put TWU ahead when she took a nifty
through ball from King, stepped to her left and, from the top of the box, whipped a
shot in to the low right corner. Vikings goalie Alyssa Treptow, who came on as a
second half substitute, could only get a finger on it.

However, with the next three minutes, the Vikings went ahead for good.

Cates equalised with a quick shot from 20 yards out and then Aylward took advantage
of a Spartans defensive miscue to give WWU a 3-2 edge.

The Spartans best chance to get back on even terms late saw King blast a 25-yard
free kick over the wall and towards the left corner, but a diving Treptow stymied
the opportunity.

“We weren’t very clinical on the top of the 18, but I can’t fault the effort and I
can’t fault the commitment to being physical,” Roxburgh said. “Western Washington is
a good team and they’re physical and I thought we matched their physicality.”

The Spartans will now prepare for their Canada West season-opening weekend when they
host Fraser Valley Sept. 5 and Victoria Sept. 6.

Game Notes: Attendance at Rogers Field was 180…TWU had 14 fouls to WWU’s 13.

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