Spartans have the blueprint. Now, they need to execute

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LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Spartans have the blueprint. Now, they need to execute.

Three weeks ago, TWU’s men’s soccer team earned back-to-back road wins against Thompson Rivers and UBC Okanagan to open its 2015 campaign. Now, with those same two teams visiting Rogers Field this weekend, the Spartans will aim to follow the same plan and duplicate their road performances.

With the Heat and WolfPack amongst the teams TWU will battle for a playoff position, this weekend’s points are as critical as they come.

WEEKEND PREVIEW

Friday, Oct. 2 – vs. Thompson Rivers – 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 3 – vs. UBC Okanagan – 7:15 p.m.

WATCH: www.canadawest.tv.

 

TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (2-2-0)

CIS ranking: NR

Pacific Division Standings: 4th  

Last game: UBC (2-0 L)

Streak: 2 losses

Form: W-W-L-L

2014-15 CW Regular Season Record: 3-6-3

2014-15 CW Playoff Record: NA

2014-15 Overall Record: 3-6-3

Last CW Title/Total CW Titles: 2007/3

Last CIS Title/Total CIS Titles: N/A

SPARTANS NOTES

·         If the Spartans hope to make a return to the playoffs, winning against teams like TRU and UBCO is imperative. Early in the season last year, the Spartans dropped five points against these two teams – a tie with the WolfPack and a loss to the Heat – and, in the end, the Spartans missed the post-season by five points.

·         After winning their first two games of the season on the road against these two teams, TWU dropped back-to-back games against Victoria and UBC. To make the playoffs, there is little room for a three-game losing streak or, perhaps, even a three-game winless slide. A win Friday puts the Spartans right back in the driver’s seat to attack a third place finish in the division.

·         Goalie Andrew Hicks remains atop Canada West with an .826 save percentage and is second in the conference with a 1.00 goals against average.

·         After getting shutout in their last two games, the Spartans need to bounce back and find the back of the net. Last year, the Spartans were shutout five times, including a four-match stretch without a goal late in the season.

 

THOMPSON RIVERS WOLFPACK (1-3)

CIS ranking: NR

Pacific Division Standings: 6th  

Last game: Victoria (5-1 L)

Streak: 2 losses

Form: L-W-L-L

2014-15 CW Regular Season Record: 2-8-2 (7th in Pacific)

2014-15 CW Playoff Record: N/A

Last CW Title/Total CW Titles: 2nd year in CIS

Last CIS Title/Total CIS Titles: 2nd year in CIS

 

WOLFPACK NOTES

·         Which TRU team will show up in Langley? That’s question. The WolfPack has been outscored 10-2 in its three losses this year but, in its lone win, TRU earned a convincing 3-0 victory over a strong Fraser Valley side.

·         Look out for Ryan Glanville. The WolfPack striker has four of TRU’s five goals this year and assisted on his team’s only other marker.

·         In four games, goalie Travis Froehlich has been busy. He has made 25 saves and is second in Canada West with 6.25 saves per game.

 

UBC OKANAGAN HEAT (1-4-1)

CIS ranking: NR

Pacific Division Standings: 5th  

Last game: UBC (2-1 L)

Streak: 1 loss

Form: L-W-L-T-L

2014-15 CW Regular Season Record: 5-5-2

2014-15 CW Playoff Record: 0-1

Last CW Title/Total CW Titles: 2nd year in CIS

Last CIS Title/Total CIS Titles: 2nd year in CIS

HEAT NOTES

·         The Heat jumped into the CIS last year and, in its first year, compiled a 5-5-2 record to make the playoffs. Now, UBCO is trying to avoid the “sophomore slump.” Through six games, the results have been middling. To stay in the playoff mix, they’ll likely need to uncover a road win this weekend.

·         Despite just one win from six outings, UBCO has been competitive in every game. Three of the Heat’s four losses came by just one goal. Add to that an impressive road draw with No. 9 Victoria and UBCO’s 1-4-1 record might prove a touch misleading.

·         If the Heat are to earn its second win of the year, goalie Christopher Cuthill will once again have to be at his best. The graduate of South Delta Secondary is second in the conference with 31 saves and third in Canada West with a .775 save percentage.

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