TWU wins Canada West gold in women's soccer

Angela Trauter's two goals and an assist gave the fourth year midfielder the Canada West championship tournament MVP, but more importantly it helped to give her team a 4-0 win over the University of Calgary in Sunday's Canada West gold medal match. The victory means that Trinity Western University women's soccer team earns its first Canada West Championship and a berth in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport National Championship next week in Montreal, PQ.

“I'm just so pleased for Angela, she is getting the recognition that she deserves,” said TWU head coach Graham Roxburgh. “She has elevated her game over the second half of the season and shown that when she is on we are very tough to beat.”

The Spartans, who are on a nine game unbeaten streak, continued their strong play today. They came out on fire and the Dinos never knew what hit them. TWU scored twice in the first seven minutes to take the wind out of Calgary. They added a goal nine minutes before the end of the half to make it 3-0 at the break.

The Spartans played stingy defense in the second half and kept control of the play for most of the period. A late goal in the 71st minute made the final 4-0 for TWU.

“It was great that we got the quick start that we talked about,” said Roxburgh. “We know that Calgary is very hard to break down, so the early goals really played a telling point in the match.”

The Spartans opened the scoring in the third minute. On a corner kick from the left side, TWU midfielder Katie Smart (3rd yr, midfield, Langley, BC) sent a ball perfectly into the box where midfielder Trauter (4th yr, Langley, BC) redirected the ball into the Dino net.

Less then three minutes later Smart had a corner from the right side. On a mirror image of the first goal, Smart sent the ball into the far side of the six where Trauter headed the ball past Calgary keeper Andrea Hayes to put the Spartans up 2-0.

TWU kept the pressure on the Dinos. A few minutes later Carlee O'Brien (2nd yr, forward, Nanaimo, BC) broke in on a loose ball. TheDino keeper came out to challenge and cleared the ball toward midfield. O'Brien leaped to clear Hayes, but her leg caught the keeper in the head. The blow required Hayes to leave the match.

It did not take long for Dino backup keeper Charlotte Sullivan to feel the Spartan pressure. A few minutes later O'Brien broke down the right side and sent a ball high and hard off of the center of the Calgary cross bar.

In the 36th minute O'Brien broke in again down the right side and sent a shot hard at the Calgary net. Sullivan made the initial stop but could not contain the ball and TWU forward Ashlee Davison (4th yr, Maple Ridge, BC) jumped on the loose ball to give TWU a 3-0 lead.

The second half was not as intense as the first half. TWU kept pressure on the Dinos' defenders, while the Spartan back line kept Calgary from getting any strong looks at TWU keeper Angela Garriott (3rd yr, Campbell River, BC).

“Our back four [Lindsay Rohla (2nd yr, Langley, BC), Brittany Heinrich (2nd yr, Kelowna, BC), Whitney Agassiz (2nd yr, Langley, BC), Erin-Marie Higgins (2nd yr, Surrey, BC)] have been solid for the past month and they stepped up again today and really shut down the Calgary offense,” said Roxburgh.

TWU's Krysta Kons (3rd yr, Langley, BC) made the score 4-0 in the 71st minute. Kons took a feed from Trauter and moved in down the left side. Then from just inside the box she curled the ball towards the far post. The ball was played perfectly as it sailed over the Calgary keeper and into the back of the net.

The #6 ranked Spartans advanced to the final with a 1-0 (3-1) penalty kick victory over the University of Victoria, while the Dinos advanced with a 4-3 extra time win over the # 2 ranked University of British Columbia.

The title is the first for the women's soccer program and the university. TWU has been competing in Canada West for four years in men's and women's soccer and for six in men's and women's basketball and volleyball.

Match Notes: TWU has now gone over five and a half games without giving up a goal…Today's shutout was Garriott's tenth in Canada West play this season…TWU improves to 1-1 in Canada West championship matches, in 2001 they lost 2-1 to eventual CIS champion the University of Alberta…TWU is currently 18-5-4 overall and 11-2-3 in Canada West…the loss drops Calgary to 8-6-2 in Canada West…

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Last Updated: 2015-07-20
Author: Keela Keeping