The Trinity Western University women’s soccer team put together one of its most complete efforts of the season and, with that, got back in the win column Friday with a convincing 4-0 road victory over the Northern British Columbia.
The win improved the Spartans’ record to 2-1-3 while UNBC is still winless at 0-6-1.
The Spartans Natalie Boyd got TWU on the board in the fifth minute and the visitors proved to be the better side throughout.
Jennifer Castillo added a goal in first half stoppage time to give TWU a 2-0 halftime lead and then two late goals from Krista Gommeringer, in the 83rd and 88th minutes, rounded out the scoring.
With the win, TWU, which is unbeaten in its last four games, moved into a tie for fourth place in Canada West.
Meanwhile, the loss sees UNBC fall to the bottom of the conference standings.
The Spartans outshot UNBC 29-5 and had a 16-2 edge in shots on target. Trinity Western also had a 10-0 edge in corner kicks.
“We came out with lots of energy and had chance after chance in the first half,” Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh said. “It was a good overall performance and I was really pleased with our start. We had energy and we passed the ball well.
Roxburgh said UNBC “continues to get better and made it difficult for us, but we were able to break them down.”
The coach credited a great performance from Natalie Boyd, adding that the Spartans’ back four played extremely well.
“Stephanie Chin had a really good game tonight as she dealt with their most threatening forward,” Roxburgh added, following the match. “We had lots of good performances.”
The reigning national champions did not waste any time getting on the scoresheet in the first half as Boyd took a pass from Jessica King and danced around the Timberwolves’ defence, creating enough space to take her shot.
Despite a bevy of chances, TWU was held off the scoreboard until the final play of the first half when Castillo fired a high shot over the UNBC keeper. The ball bounced off the crossbar and into the back of the net, Colleen Webber (Calgary, Alta.), who sent the ball into the box off a free kick, was credited with the assist.
In the second half, the Spartans controlled possession and were able to capitalize with two goals in the final five minutes by Gommeringer.
The second-year forward netted her first of the match off a ball from Jenna Di Nunzio, who was playing in her first regular season game of the season following nearly a year off due to injury.
Shortly after, Boyd sent a cross to Gommeringer, who sealed the deal with a long hard shot, past the Timberwolves keeper, straight to the back of the net.
The Spartans host Winnipeg and Manitoba next weekend (Oct. 4-5).
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