Getting to the ball on a scramble in the box, the third-year striker knocked it home for her first goal of the season, helping the Spartans to victory and dropping the Vikes to a record of 1-1-1 on the season.
“I am really proud of the performance from our players, I think it is the best performance that we have had against Trinity Western in a very long time,” said Vikes head coach Tracy David. “I thought we deserved a better result tonight.”
TWU’s Rachel Hutchinson opened the scoring in the 48th minute but Kiara Kilbey scored her second goal of the year to knot the game back up in the 57th minute.
Both goalkeepers were busy throughout the contest, with TWU’s Christina Oliverio making three saves to earn the win, while Victoria’s Puck Louwes stopped five of the seven shots she faced.
After a scoreless opening half in which the Vikes dominated possession but failed to find the crucial finishing touch, Hutchinson broke the deadlock less than three minutes into the second half. Taking a brilliant cross-field pass from Seina Kashima Hutchinson whipped a low shot to the left corner that evaded a diving Louwes.
“I thought we had a really good start to the game,” said David. “We had seven corners in the first half, we maintained possession well and probably should have scored a goal in the first half. Then they potted a goal at the start of the second half and I thought we did well to battle back and tie the game.”
Less than 10 minutes later, Kilbey tied it up when she pounced on a rebound from just a few yards out and tapped it into an open net.
With a tie seemingly on the horizon, TWU’s Robertson checked back into the contest and became the difference-maker. The Spartans Danae Derksen (Delta, B.C.) sent a ball into the box with Robertson eventually corralling it and slamming the winner home from just a few feet out.
A last second effort from fourth-year midfielder Emily Lieuwen was just denied by some brilliant Spartan defending as her header towards goal was cleared off the line.
The Spartans are ranked No. 3 in the nation, making this game the second time in their first three contests that the No. 9 ranked Vikes played a team ranked in the top five.
“I think we have to give credit to our team tonight. I really think we put in a tremendous performance. I am proud of our players for going out and going for the win tonight.”
The Vikes return home now for a pair of games next weekend against the Manitoba Bison and Winnipeg Wesmen.
Victoria (1-1-1) 0 1 1
TWU (1-1-0) 0 2 2
Victoria: #4 Kiara Kilbey
TWU: #4 Liz Hicks