SASKATOON – The No. 4 Trinity Western Spartans allowed three first half goals and were unable to recover as they lost 3-1 to Saskatchewan on Field 7 in Saskatoon’s PotashCorp Park Friday
Despite outshooting Saskatchewan 17-11, the Spartans (6-2-1) found themselves on the losing side of the ledger for just the second time this year and the first time against an unranked opponent.
“We have to give credit to Saskatchewan for coming out and playing a very good game,” said Spartans coach Mike Shearon. “I thought we did enough not to warrant a 3-1 loss, but at the same time, that’s what it was. But for us, it’s another chance for our team to learn from our mistakes and to learn from the issues that we had today and to move forward. It’s another piece of the growing process.”
Saskatchewan (2-3-2) opened the scoring quickly on a wet and windy day in the 15th minute. Third-year Bryce Marinus sent a cross-ball in front of the net finding Gabriel Bautois’ foot. He tapped it into the empty net.
Marinus assisted on the second goal in the 27th minute dribbling around three TWU defenders before getting the ball to Marcello Gonzalez’s foot. The Huskies added the third goal in the 43rd minute when Jacob Powell was left alone in front of the net.
The Spartans put pressure on in the dying minutes of the match missing wide twice, before Vito Poletto (Calgary) found the net in the 90th minute. He knocked the ball in after it bounced around in front of the net from a corner kick.
Reigning Canada West Third Star Greg Buckley made six saves for the Huskies, while Andrew Hicks (Surrey, B.C.) stopped two for TWU.
The Spartans travel to Winnipeg to meet the Wesmen Sunday at 1 p.m. (PT), while the Huskies remain at home to host the Fraser Valley Cascades.
Game Notes: The last time these two teams played, in 2013, the Huskies also won by a 3-1 count…the last time TWU was in Saskatchewan to play the Huskies, in 2012, the Spartans earned a 1-0 win…TWU is now 2-2-1 in its last five outings…TWU’s only other loss this year came against a UBC side that was ranked No. 2 in the CIS at the time of their meeting.