Oct 19, 2014




VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The University of British Columbia Thunderbirds handed the No. 1 Trinity Western Spartans the first loss of the season with a 1-0 final at UBC’s David Sidoo Field at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver. The loss is the Spartans first loss in almost two complete seasons and drops TWU to 10-1-1 on the season. The win gives the fourth place Thunderbirds as final record of 6-4-2.

The two teams will square off again next week in the Canada West Quarter Final when the first place Spartans will host the Thunderbirds at TWU’s Rogers Field in Langley, B.C., Match time is set for 6 p.m. Friday, October 24.

“There was good opportunities to learn from this game and today was really good for us to get some experience for quite a few girls who haven’t played much this year,” commented TWU head coach Graham Roxburgh. “UBC has some very good players so for a lot of first year’s to play lots of minutes was good and it was great to get both of our back-up keepers’ minutes.

“Frustrating to lose, but we knew we were going to go in with some experience issues and I thought some of our young kids did very well. Really pleased that Kristen Santama (Coquitlam, B.C.) she played a fantastic game in the back and I thought our two keepers did well controlling the game.”

“We fielded a team here today that didn’t have as many of our regulars, so we knew that it would be a different type of game, but it was a very useful exercise.”

There were few quality opportunities in a match that would have no effect on the final Canada West standings. Both TWU and UBC were firmly locked in their respective first and fourth positions.

The lone goal of the match came early as UBC’s Aman Shergill (Surrey, B.C.) scored in the third minute of play. The second year defender took a free kick from about 35 yards out. The shoot eluded the Spartan defenders and keeper Sophia Traxler (Calgary) to find the back of the TWU net.

The lead would stand through to the end of the contest.

Trinity Western finished the afternoon with three total shots to UBC’s 18. While the Thunderbirds finished with six shots on target to the Spartans one.

Making one save and earning the shutout win for UBC was Emily Wilson, while TWU’s Sophia Traxler and Rachel Sydor (Tsawwassen, B.C.) split the goal keeping duties for the Spartans. Traxler finished the first half with two saves, while Sydor made two saves in the second 45 minutes.

Match notes: not dressed for TWU this afternoon were Canada West goal scoring leader fifth year midfielder Jessica King (Liverpool, Eng.), all-Canadians fifth year defender Jennifer Castillo (Surrey, B.C.) and third year forward Krista Gommeringer (Calgary) and TWU’s starting keeper third year Christina Oliverio (Calgary)….2013 CIS nationals MVP and all-Canadian fourth year midfielder Vanessa Kovacs (Delta, B.C.) was dressed but did not see action…the last Canada West conference game loss for TWU was Sept. 13 when TWU dropped a 2-1 contest to Victoria…


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