Vancouver, BC – The UBC Thunderbirds women’s soccer team ended its regular season with an impressive 1-0 win over the defending national champions from Trinity Western University at the Thunderbird Stadium on a windy Sunday afternoon.
Although the final regular season standings were settled before the game, coach Andrea Neil decided to field a full strength roster in their final home game.
The Thunderbirds didn’t wait long before the talented left back Aman Shergill buried a 37-yard free kick in the net just two minutes into the game.
Trinity Western responded with a shot on goal in the eighth minute by Jenna Di Nunzio but was neatly saved by goalkeeper Emily Wilson.
UBC almost made it a two goal advantage with a great volley from midfielder Madison Guy that was saved by goalkeeper Sophia Traxler.
The home side thought they made it 2-0 when Nicole Sydor buried home a rebound after the intial save from Traxler but the goal was ruled offside.
The windy conditions affected the play of the game with a lot of long balls not finding a recipient. In the 54th minute UBC had another great chance as Amrit Berar just missed over the bar with a great left footed shot.
The Spartans had a good chance to equalize in the 70th minute when striker Natalie Arnett received a ball in a great position in front of goal but would send her shot wide off target.
Hoping to ice the game, Jasmin Dhanda found herself in a one-on-one situation in the 83rd minute but her shot would miss wide as well.
In the remaining time, Trinity Western failed to penetrate the Thunderbirds defence, suffering their first lost of the season (10-1-1). The Thunderbirds earned their sixth win of the season and will end the regular season in fourth spot in the Pacific Division with a record of (6-4-2).
These two teams will meet again next weekend at Trinity Western in the Canada West Quarter-Finals. The winner will advance to the Canada West Final Four.