LANGLEY, British Columbia – For the fifth consecutive game, the Trinity Western women’s soccer team held its opposition off the scoreboard, as the Spartans wrapped up their preseason schedule with a 1-0 win over Concordia University (Portland) Thursday at Chase Office Field.
Ehrhardt scored the game’s only goal in the 72nd minute and TWU goalie Ally Williamson (Langley) earned the clean sheet to send the Spartans into the regular season having gone the entire preseason without conceding a goal.
After several TWU chances were left wanting, third-year midfielder Seina Kashima (Burnaby, B.C.) sparked the offence when she broke into the Concordia box and slipped a pass into the middle towards Ehrhardt, who deftly flicked it on past the Cavaliers keeper.
“I was really pleased that we had more aggression and we competed more tonight,” said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh. “It didn’t always translate into good decision making, which was a bit frustrating. Our finishing has to improve because we generated some decent chances but left it late to score. I’m really pleased for Lauren, because she’s shown the last two games how hard you have to work and how determined you have to be to play at this level. She was rewarded for some really intelligent work.”
TWU outshot Concordia 12-4. The Cavaliers used three different keepers, with Taylor Cook the busiest of the trio, making five saves in just under 30 minutes of action.
Williamson stopped both of the Cavaliers shots that hit target.
The Spartans finished the preseason with a 3-0-2 record, having also beat Western Washington (2-0) and Seattle (2-0) drawn Washington (0-0) and Haverford College (0-0).
TWU opens its Canada West regular season schedule Sept. 2 on the road against Fraser Valley.