EDMONTON – The Trinity Western University women’s soccer team used an early second half goal to tie the MacEwan University Griffins 1-1 Sunday afternoon in Edmonton and return home with a four point weekend. Fourth year forward Isabella Di Trocchio tied the match in the 50th minute to move the No. 9 Spartans to 5-1-2, while the Griffins record moves to 3-3-2.
TWU’s fourth year keeper Ally Williamson, Langley, B.C., made 10 saves to move her record to 5-1-2, while MacEwan’s Emily Burns made 1 save as she moves to 3-2-1.
“Disappointed that we dropped points, but credit to MacEwan they worked really hard today and defended really well. Both teams had a few chances to win it in the end. We had two or three good chances, but we just could not convert. Was pleased that we were able to respond at half and get back into the game,” commented TWU head coach Graham Roxburgh. “We had good work rate from everybody. Ali Oliverio was superb in terms of her work rate. Robinson continues to show why she is going to be a wonderful player for our program.”
Fresh off wins yesterday, the Spartans 5-0 over the Mount Royal University Cougars and the Griffins 2-1 over the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades, both teams came out at full strength. An intense, physical, and athletic half saw impressive tackles and multiple shots from both teams. Griffins’ first-year keeper Emily Burns, Sherwood Park, AB and Spartans’ keeper Ally Williamson, Langley, BC were tested throughout the half. Fifth-year MacEwan University forward Sheena Tracey, Edmonton, AB had a tremendous opportunity on the first Griffins shot on goal as she hammered a shot from the right side of the box that ricocheted off the post and out of bounds. MacEwan University captain and fifth-year midfielder Jennifer Lam, Edmonton, AB had another great chance for the Griffins in the 32nd minute that went high off a free kick.
In the 43rd minute, as Tracey made a timely pass to first-year forward Meagan Lemoine, Edmonton, AB. Lemoine’s shot went top-right, and off the glove of Williamson for the Griffins first-ever goal against the Spartans.
First-year Griffins defender Isabella Ponciano disrupted a Spartan’s breakaway by fourth-year forward Krista Gommeringer, Calgary, AB with a clean tackle to help MacEwan University keep their 1-0 leave at the end of 45 minutes.
Second-half action saw a persistent Trinity Western team respond quickly with a goal in the 50th minute from fourth-year forward Isabella Di Trocchio, Burnaby, BC off Gommeringer’s assist. From that point on, the match continued to be a fierce battle between the two teams as they vied for opportunities to score.
Fights for the ball being won in the midfield and strong defending came from all positions on the pitch. Three consecutive Spartan corner kicks were unable produce results midway through the second half, while the Griffins had offensive attacks by Tracey, Lam, Lemoine, and first-year forward Isabelle Dobbin. In the 71st and 72nd minutes Lemoine had two direct shots on Williamson, but was unable to get the ball past the Spartans keeper.
In the 79th minute Trinity Western’s Di Trocchio had her shot at the game winner blocked by MacEwan defender Kayla Evans, Sherwood Park, BC to preserve the tie.
The Griffins ended the match outshooting the Spartans 13-11, while TWU had a 7-to-1 edge in corner kicks.
TWU will now return back to the lower mainland for back-to-back matches with No. 5 Fraser Valley Cascades. The Spartans play in Abbotsford, B.C. on Friday, October 9 at 5 p.m. and will have the return match at TWU on Tuesday, October 13 at 5 p.m. at Rogers Field.