EDMONTON, Alberta – For 17 minutes and 28 seconds, first-year Rachel Hutchinson (Cloverdale, B.C.) was unstoppable. The Spartans striker, who, prior to Sunday, had yet to score a goal in a TWU uniform, tallied three goals in less 20 minute to help her team to a 3-0 victory over Alberta at Foote Field.
Hutchinson opened the scoring in the 22nd minute with her first goal as a Spartan, before finding the back of the net again in the 30th and 39th minutes.
With the victory the No. 9 Spartans improved to 4-1-1 and have now won by a 3-0 count in three consecutive games. After dropping their season-opener against UBC, the Spartans are unbeaten in their last five matches (4-0-1).
The Pandas fell to 1-4-1 on the season.
TWU goalie Ally Williamson (Langley, B.C.) made eight saves, including an impressive stop late in the contest, to pick up her third straight clean sheet.
“Overall, we’re pleased to get two good road wins,” said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh. “Alberta pushed us pretty hard and I thought they created some problems early on. I thought we started very sluggish, but our first goal really sparked us to life.
“I’m really pleased for Rachel. She’s doing really well and gives us lots of life and options. Today was certainly a special afternoon for her.”
The Spartans opened the scoring when Seina Kashima (Burnaby, B.C.) sent a cross into the box for Hutchinson, who buried it from in tight. Kashima now has a Canada West-leading five assists.
“It was a great cross by Seina and a fantastic finish by Rachel,” Roxburgh said. “We talked a little bit about always being dangerous in the attacking third and not switching off and we did a great job of that.”
Eight minutes later, TWU took advantage of an error by Alberta goalie Cassie Bazzarelli, with Hutchinson jumping on a loose ball and tapping it in to double the Spartans lead.
Hutchinson completed her hat-trick and rounded out the Spartans scoring in the 39th minute when she snuck behind the Pandas back line and calmly converted her opportunity.
From there, TWU held off the Pandas the rest of the way to complete a critical six-point road trip.
“I thought Kat Chin (Calgary) was very good today,” Roxburgh said. “She came on and gave us some solid minutes in the midfield and was tidy on the back end. I thought Quinn Hardstaff (Calgary) continues to grow in terms of her poise at the back and her ability to play out of the back. She always tidies things up for us. I also thought Stephanie Chin (Calgary) was very solid today and provided great defensive stability for us.”
The Spartans are back on the road next weekend when they will travel to play Mount Royal Oct. 3 and MacEwan Oct.4.
Game Notes: The Canada West record for the fastest three goals scored by one player is 10:08, which was accomplished by UBC’s Janine Frazao on Oct. 16, 2009 against Lethbridge…both teams had 13 total shots on Sunday…Alberta’s Terri Kutryk and TWU’s Hardstaff were each booked with a yellow card.