Sept 14, 2014 (ISN) – KELOWNA, British Columbia – The Trinity Western men’s soccer team will return home
with just one of a possible six points from its road weekend after the Spartans lost
2-1 to UBC Okanagan Saturday at Nonis Sports Field.
The Spartans (1-2-1) were coming off a 1-1 tie with Thompson Rivers Friday, but were
bettered by the Heat (3-1) Saturday as the home side rallied from a one-goal deficit
to earn the win.
Trinity Western’s Kalem Scott (Comox, B.C.) opened the scoring in the 30th minute,
but UBCO responded with two goals – one in first half stoppage time from Cole
Kingzett and one in the 55th minute by Jordan Leib – to edge the Spartans in the
teams’ first ever Canada West meeting.
The Spartans pushed for the equaliser with a frenetic pace over much of the second
half and had several opportunities, but UBCO was able to hold off the TWU surge long
enough to earn the win.
Spartans goalkeeper Evan Lowther (Surrey, B.C.) made five saves in the loss while
UBCO netminder Christopher Cuthill stopped two of the three shots he faced.
“The goal drought continues and the guys will be utterly disappointed with that
result,” said Spartans coach Pat Rohla. “We thought we had a very good first half of
play, but we have to find a way to put teams away early in the game.
“The guys left everything out on the field tonight. I’m proud of the effort, but
we’re still missing critical moment plays to either wins games or keep balls out of
our net. Now, we need to get back on the horse and ride as fast as we can to the
Scott opened the scoring in the 30th minute when he took a cross from Mitchell Rohla
(Langley, B.C.) off a restart and, from inside the box, slammed it to the top left
corner for his first of the season.
But, with the TWU seemingly set to go into the locker room with a one-goal lead, the
Heat tied it up late in first half stoppage time. Kingzett capitalized on a scramble
in the box to tally his second of the season.
“We allowed them to score in the 47th minute and get their ‘get out of jail free’
card,” Rohla said. “If we go into halftime without allowing a goal, I think we
continue roll. Stuff like that makes you a little nervous and makes you question
yourself, so we need to find a way not to do that.”
With momentum in the home side’s corner, the Heat produced its second goal of the
night 10 minutes into the second half, with Leib earning his third goal of the
Down the stretch, the Spartans had numerous chances from inside the box, but despite
the best efforts of players like Vito Poletto (Calgary), who had an in-tight crack
that just missed in the 63rd minute, TWU was unable to rally.
The Spartans have a Canada West bye next week before returning to action Sept. 26-27
when they host UBCO Friday and Thompson Rivers Saturday.
UBCO will remain in Kelowna next weekend as they will host Victoria Sept. 19 and UBC
Game Notes: TWU captain Brayden Gant was sent off in the 89th minute with a red card
after he was shown his second yellow of the night…the Spartans saw five yellow
cards as Denny Serifovic (Richmond, B.C.), Taylor Johnson (Calgary) and Scott were
booked…UBCO’s Donald Straith, Robert Hamilton and Leib were also shown yellow.