The Trinity Western Spartans proved why they are at the top of the Canada West womens soccer table Saturday afternoon in Calgary.
The Spartans overcame an early one-goal deficit to edge the University of Calgary Dinos 2-1 at the West Varsity Soccer Pitch, in the final regular season contest for both teams.
Im pleased that we won as it is a testament to our players on how hard they have worked this season, TWU head coach Graham Roxburgh said. We defended well and Calgary made it challenging for us and were always in the game. After we gave up the early goal we raised our intensity and increased our possession as the first half wore on, and we just kept chipping away.
With the victory the Spartans extended their unbeaten streak to 13 matches and in doing so head into playoffs with a Canada West-best record of 12-1-1.
The Spartans were in a must win situation to claim top spot, as the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds ended the season two points behind TWU.
By claiming top spot, the nationally second-ranked Spartans won the right to host the Canada West Final Four championship next weekend.
Heading to TWUs Rogers Park for the Canada West Final Four will be second-place UBC, third-place University of Alberta and fourth-place University of Victoria.
The winners of Fridays opening round matches will advance to Saturdays gold medal match as well as earn a spot in the CIS national championship Nov. 10-13 at McGill University in Montreal.
We accomplished a team goal to see if we could win the league and host Canada West. We will enjoy it for the rest of the day and then start to focus on the playoffs and the job ahead of us, added Roxburgh.
The match was the final match of the Dinos season, having been eliminated by virtue of their loss to UBC Saturday. The team finished off the season with a 6-5-3 record, three points out of a playoff berth.
Seventeen minutes after the Calgarys Tessa Miller opened the scoring, Trinity Western tied it up with a Nikki Wright goal, assisted by Alexi Foster. The goal was Wrights third of the 2011 campaign.
From that point on in the game it was all Spartans, with the Spartans adding another goal at the 30th minute. The goal was scored when Colleen Webber connected on a corner kick pass from Jennifer Castillo, and snuck the ball past Dinos goalie Kristen Barton. The tally was Webbers second game winner of the season.
TWU keeper Kristen Funk earned her 12th win of the season by making one stop for the Spartans, while Calgarys Kristen Barton made four saves in the Dinos loss.
Spartans 2, Lethbridge Pronghorns 0
Despite a slow start, the CIS second-ranked Spartans scored twice in the second half to down the Lethbridge Pronghorns 2-0 at the University Community Stadium.
Natalie Boyd broke the deadlock early into the second half, and Caitlin Haines scored the other Spartan goal in the 70th minute.
With the win the Spartans improve to 11-1-1, and maintain their two-point lead over the UBC Thunderbirds for top spot in the conference table, while the loss drops the Horns fell to 0-9-3 on the season.
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