LANGLEY, British Columbia – Despite No. 3 Trinity Western holding possession throughout the contest and outshooting No. 7 Victoria 13-2, the Spartans were held to a 0-0 draw Friday at Chase Office Field.
The home side was the better team from the outset, but the Vikes (2-0-2) did well to slow the Spartans attack in the final third and kept TWU (3-0-1) from generating much in the way of clear-cut chances.
Indicative of the large disparity in possession, the Spartans had an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks, but in the end, each opportunity proved fruitless.
“There’s disappointment there because I think we dropped two points tonight,” said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh. “Credit to UVIC. They made it hard to break them down. I thought their energy level continued to stay very high, so they defended us very well. But to be honest, I think we were really poor around the edge of the area. I can’t fault the energy level or desire of lots of our players, but in the attacking third our decision making was very poor.”
TWU had three shots on target, but Victoria goalkeeper Meaghan Storie was better on each of them. Spartans goalie Ally Williamson (Langley) didn’t face a single shot on goal throughout the contest.
The Spartans Steph Chin (Calgary) had a quality chance early on, but her 16th minute crack at goal sailed just over the crossbar.
Rachel Hutchinson (Cloverdale, B.C.) came even closer in the 32nd minute, but her offering skimmed off the crossbar and over the net.
TWU forced Storie to make all three of her saves in the second half, but none of the shots on target were particularly dangerous as Victoria defending was good enough to escape with a road point.
The Spartans will now prepare for a Saturday night contest with No. 5 UBC, which is a rematch of last year’s Canada West and CIS gold medal games.
Game Notes: Following Friday’s game, TWU held a ceremony to official rename the Spartans pitch Chase Office Field…the Spartans are now unbeaten in 17 regular season games, dating back to 2015…TWU’s Brooklyn Tidder (White Rock, B.C.) and Victoria’s Lindsay Machin were named the game MVPs for their respective teams.