LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western University women’s soccer team is once again Canada West Champions. The Spartans used another game winning goal from Canada West MVP Jessica King (Liverpool, England) to defeat the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades 2-1 in Saturday night’s gold medal match at Rogers Field at TWU.
The win sends the Spartans as the number one Canada West seed to next week’s CIS women’s soccer championship at Laval University. The Cascades will go as the number two seed out of Canada West.
The championship is the women’s soccer programs sixth since joining Canada West in 2001 and their second in three years.
King got the eventual game winner in the 61st minute. The fifth year forward took a pass up the middle from midfielder Alessandra Oliverio and carried the ball between two defenders to the top of the Cascades penalty area. From there King launched a perfectly placed ball over UFV’s Kayla Kim and into the top of the left corner of the Cascades net.
If not for the fine play of UFV’s Kim the score could have been quite different. The Cascades keeper stopped nine of the 12 TWU shots on goal, a number from the middle of the penalty area or closer, to keep UFV in the game.
The Spartans looked to have the opening goal in the 11th minutes when Natalie Arnett beat Kim, but Cascade teammate Tristan Corneil was able to clear the ball off of the line to keep the match scoreless.
TWU’s Jennifer Castillo would eventually get TWU the opening goal, scoring in the 24th minute. The fifth year defender converted a rebound off a Spartans corner kick by forward Krista Gommeringer to give TWU the 1-0 lead.
The opening half would end with TWU holding on to a 1-0 lead after having an 8-0 edge in shots on goal over UFV.
The Spartans and Cascades shared quality chances in the second period as the two teams finished the half with four shots on goal each.
In the 72nd minute Fraser Valley’s Shelby Beck got the Cascades on the board. Beck took a short cross from Corneil and redirected it to the short side to just get past TWU keeper Christina Oliverio. To make the score 2-1 for the Spartans with less than 18 minutes remaining.
In the 84th minute King found the back of the net again, but she was ruled to be off-side and the goal was waved off.
Down the stretch the two squads would exchange a couple of chances, but would not be able to alter the scoreline as TWU held on for the 2-1 win.
TWU’s Oliverio would end the night making three saves to earn the win, while Kim would make nine saves for the Cascades.
The two teams open the CIS women’s soccer championship on Thursday, November 6 at Laval University in Quebec City.
Match Notes: It is the Cascades second trip to the CIS championship, last was in 2010…TWU is making their fourth straight trip to the national championship and have won the last two titles…no CIS team has won three straight titles and TWU is tied with UBC for top spot with five championships each…today’s game winner was King’s eighth on the season…the last time TWU lost at Rogers Field was Sept 9, 2013 – 2-1 to Victoria…since then TWU has won 15 straight…Over the last 34 matches at Rogers Field TWU is 33-1…