CALGARY – On the strength of two goals and an assist from striker Krista Gommeringer (Calgary), the No. 9 Trinity Western women’s soccer team rolled over Mount Royal 5-0 Saturday at the Cougars Stadium Field.
Playing with snow on the ground, the Spartans (5-1-1) were the better team from the outset, as they put together their most dominant effort of the 2015 season and blanked the opposition for the fourth game in a row. Beyond Gommeringer’s brace, the Spartans also saw first-year players Rachel Hutchinson (Cloverdale, B.C.), Jenaya Robertson (Delta, B.C.) and Brooklyn Tidder (White Rock, B.C.) score to bury the Cougars (1-5-1) on a chilly afternoon in Calgary.
Gommeringer’s two goals marked the first time she has found the back of net this year, while Tidder’s tally was her first regular season goal in a Spartans uniform. Hutchinson built on her three-goal outing last weekend with her fourth of the year while Robertson now has three on the season.
“I’m very pleased for Krista to finally get off the mark,” said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh. “Even though she hadn’t been scoring, she had been contributing in so many different ways, but it was still great to see her slot it home. Her assists last weekend and her one assist this weekend also shows what a dangerously offensive player she is and how valuable she is to our program.
“It was a great corporate effort today. Beyond Krista, I thought Quinn Hardstaff (Calgary) was very solid in the back and Stephanie Chin (Calgary) was very tidy and, together, our back four thwarted any half threats that they had. It was a good road win.”
The Spartans are now tied for second on points in the Pacific Division, alongside Victoria and Fraser Valley.
TWU goalie Ally Williamson (Langley, B.C.) continued her strong play, making four saves to earn her fourth consecutive clean sheet. MRU goalie Meghan Prudhomme made three saves on eight shots before she was replaced in the second half by Janell Chicilo, who stopped the one and only shot she faced.
The Spartans opened the scoring less than three minutes into the game when Gommeringer snuck past the Cougars defence and deposited the goal into the back of the net.
The Cougars composed themselves and looked to get back on track, but scoring chances from Jolee Dangerfield and Kelsey Kinzner were each snuffed out by Williamson.
In the 37th minute, Hutchinson made it 2-0 for TWU and then just minutes later Gommeringer struck again to give TWU a 3-0 lead heading into half time.
Robertson and Tidder added two quick goals to open the second half, which spelled the end of Prudhomme’s day in the Cougars’ goal.
The Spartans will now travel up to Edmonton to play MacEwan Sunday afternoon at 11 a.m. (PT).
Game Notes: After a 1-1-1 start that saw TWU with collect just four goals for and while giving up four against, the Spartans have now won four straight while outscoring the opposition 14-0…TWU played without midfielder Vanessa Kovacs (North Delta, B.C.), who suffered an injury last weekend against Alberta.