The Trinity Western Spartans men’s soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision to the University of Victoria Vikes to open Canada West season Friday night at Centennial Stadium in Victoria, B.C.


Spartans third year keeper Sebastian Colyn (Langley, B.C.) made 11 saves in the loss, while Victoria’s Jas Lally made six saves to earn the Victoria for the Vikes.


In the 21st minute Victoria’s Nick Park converted a pass from Isaac Koch to give the Vikes the early 1-0 lead


The Spartans best scoring chance came in the 31st minute of the opening frame. TWU rookie midfielder Tristan Torresan (North Vancouver, B.C.) sent a ball off of the top right post from outside the top of the penalty area. The Spartans fifth year forward Cody Franson (Lynden, WA) jumped on the rebound put shot off of the left post from the just outside the top of the six. But the ball went off of the post and along the Victoria goal line before being smothered by Victoria keeper Jas Lally.


The Vikes would finish the open 45 with a 9-7 edge in shots and a 1-0 lead on the scoreboard.


Victoria’s Ian Whibley made it 2-0 for the Vikes in the 59th minute of a feed from Koch. The Vikes sealed the win three minutes later, 62nd, when Whibley got his second of the night and Koch got his third assist of the evening.


Victoria would finish the evening out shooting Trinity Western 20-14 and 14-6 in shots on goal. The Spartans had a 7-4 edge in corner kicks.


TWU Head Coach Mike Shearon
“We have a few injuries to some veteran players so we had to start a younger group tonight. But in the end I thought we did enough to have a better result tonight. But at the same time UVIC made us pay for the mistakes that we made.”


“A lot of errors that we made to night I think are fixable, but we need to pick things up and we need to get better. This league is unforgiving and UVIC showed us that tonight.”