Oct 19, 2014




VANCOUVER, British Columbia – In his final match as a Spartan, Trinity Western midfielder Mitchel Rohla (Langley, B.C.

) scored the lone goal for TWU as the Spartans tied the No. 2 University of British Columbia Thunderbirds 1-1 Sunday afternoon at UBC’s David Sidoo Field at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver.

The Spartans end the season at 3-6-3, while the Thunderbirds will head into the post season at 9-2-1.

“I was doubly pleased to see Mitch get a goal and finish on a high note for him. He will be really missed in terms of what he brings game in and game out. Credit to the guys who are exiting. It would have been easy just to mail in the points. But other than one bit of inattention on our part, which resulted in their goal, I thought we went out and executed fairly well. Again it is about converting chances. We had one or two quality looks to put them away at 1-0,” said Rohla “You allow a team like UBC a chance to hang around they are going to do that. They have that extra special bit, because that is what they need to be a champion. I’m proud of the guys and I am buoyed by the fact that we have a great young crop and some good ones coming back. Overall we look forward to brighter days.”

“Any time you have seniors go you think about the miles and miles that they have covered in terms of all the training and all the work that they have done. Everything that they have contributed to the program both on and off the field,” commented TWU head coach Pat Rohla”. There are a lot of value added players who are exciting our program. They have all done fantastic things on the field and in the community representing TWU the proper way.

Rohla opened the scoring in the 32nd minute. The fifth year midfielder had moved up in the play and picked up a loose ball near the right side of the Thunderbirds six yard box. Rohla volleyed the ball past UBC keeper Chris Beck to give TWU the 1-0 lead.

The one goal margin for the Spartans would stand through halftime.

Late in the second half UBC got the equalizer after a Spartan miscue. The Thunderbirds Sean Einarsson took a cross from Bryan Fong and found the left side of the TWU net, past a diving Evan Lowther to make the score 1-1 in the 84th minute. The match would end with each team not threatening their opponents’ goal area.

In his final match as a Spartan, TWU keeper Evan Lowther (Surrey, B.C.) made five saves and played the full match to earn the tie with the Thunderbirds.

The Thunderbirds tandem on Richard Meister and Chris Beck split the goaltending duties for UBC. Meister played the first half and made two saves and one goal, while Beck played the final 45 and made two saves.

UBC had the majority of the chances in the match as the finished with a 15-6 advantage in total shots and a 6-5 edge in shots on target.

Match Notes: the Spartans finish the Canada West season in fifth place in the Pacific Division…both teams finished the night with nine fouls, while TWU had two yellow cards…