KAMLOOPS, British Columbia – With a three-goal outburst, the Trinity Western men’s soccer team launched its Canada West campaign with a 3-1 road win over Thompson Rivers Saturday afternoon.
The Spartans got goals from Jarvis Ambaka (Maragoli, Kenya), Joel Waterman (Aldergrove, B.C.) and Aidan Moore (Langley, B.C.) to earn a victory in their season-opener. TRU’s Ryan Glanville had the WolfPacks’ lone maker.
Andrew Hicks made five saves to earn the win for TWU. Both Waterman and Ambaka added assists for the Spartans while Vito Poletto (Calgary) had a helper on Moore’s goal.
“I thought Jarvis was our man of the match, but we had a number of quality performances today,” said Spartans coach Pat Rohla. “Overall, I think the young players that have come into the squad have really walked in and fit in quite well. Aidan Moore scored his first goal. Vaggeli Boucas (Langley) played exceptionally well. We showed that we have a lot of balance and depth in our attack. Austin Kasian (Calgary) played his first CIS game while Sebastian Wingfield (DuPont, Wash.) stepped in and played really well at outside back and Dom Poletto (Calgary) was once again a bright light for us.”
The Spartan opened the scoring in the 12th minute when Ambaka got on the board.
However, TRU equalised in the 28th minute, when Glanville tallied the WolfPack’s first.
Less than four minutes later, Waterman tallied what would stand up as the winner in the 32nd minute.
Moore rounded out the scoring in the 75th minute.
“Overall, we’re pleased. We still have a lot of work to do and we did show that we are a bit young, but we’re happy to come to a difficult pitch and play a difficult team and pick up a win.
TWU will play UBC Okanagan Sunday at 2 p.m.
Game Notes: TWU started the 2014 with a victory, but then slipped into a three-match tailspin, losing twice and tying once before returning to the win column in their fifth game of the year…TRU’s Mitchell Popadynetz was shown a yellow card in the 77th minute.