Late goal helps TWU Spartans down Vikes in Langley

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LANGLEY, British Columbia – The No. 5 Spartans completed a season sweep of Victoria as Trinity Western earned a 2-1 win over the Vikes Friday at Chase Office Field.

TWU’s Elie Gindo (Langley) was the hero of the night as he scored the game-winner in the 63rd minute, heading home a cross that beat Victoria goalie Noah Pawlowski.

The go-ahead marker came after the Spartans Joel Waterman had equalised with his first of the season, converting a Vaggeli Boucas pass, in first half stoppage time.

The Vikes Mackenzie Rigg opened the scoring in the 25th minute.

Spartans goalie Andrew Hicks made one save in the win, while Pawlowski stopped seven of the nine TWU shots that hit the target.

Despite early possession numbers favouring the Spartans, Rigg got Victoria on the board first when he put the finishing touches on an Austin Schneebeli free kick. From 35 yards out, Schneebeli sent the ball into the box and Rigg rose above the crowd to head the ball past TWU goalie Hicks.

However, with continued pressure, TWU eventually broke through with Waterman and Gindo helping the Spartans nab their eighth win of the season.

Just before the halftime whistle, Waterman took a nifty pass from Boucas and whipped a shot past Pawlowski.

With TWU pushing for the go-ahead goal, Gindo came through, getting his header just past Pawlowski and across the line.

In the 87th minute, the Vikes Isaac Koch had a long-range looping offering that evaded Hicks, but just scraped over the bar.

Victoria will move on to play at Fraser Valley Saturday at 8 p.m., while TWU will host UBC Saturday night.

SCORING SUMMARY
UVIC: 1-0: 1
TWU: 1-1: 2

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