Box Score

Scheduled Game: LANGARA


Langara Falcons000
TWU Spartans134« FINAL


Game Date: 9/5/2001Location: Langley, BC
Game Time: Attendance: 0
Langara FalconsTWU Spartans
Goal Scorer(s)Sean Crocker (8) - 43:00
Jeremiah Strickland (2) - 62:00
Drew Roddy (10) - 72:00
Dylan Olson (19) - 86:00
Total Goals Scored04
Penalty Goals00
Shots On Target00
Total Shots00
Corner Kicks00
Penalties Conceded00
Red Cards00
Yellow Cards00
Other Fouls00
Langara Falcons
TWU Spartans

Game Recap

Game Recap

Men's Soccer (Exhibition)
Wednesday, September 05, 2001
TWU Spartans (4) vs. the Langara College Falcons (0)

Spartans Set History As They Move Into Canada West

Langley, British Columbia - The Trinity Western University men's soccer team will enter their first league match in Canada West next week on very positive note. As the Spartans played a near flawless match in defeating the defending 2-time CCAA national champion Langara Falcons 4-0 at Trinity Western University Wednesday night.

The match bodes well for TWU's entrance into Canada West, as the 4-goal victory set a number of Spartan records. Since the joining the BCCAA in 1985 the Spartans have only beaten the Langara Falcons once, 2-1in 1996. Tonight's goal total marks the first time the Spartans have scored 4 goals against the Falcons and the shut out is the first time that they have held Langara scoreless.

"We played with some bite in us. We went after them and were very aggressive and assertive, which resulted in some fouls against us, but it shows our heart and drive," said TWU head coach Al Alderson. "This style of play is going to be a very valuable commodity when we get in against the big dogs."

The Spartans opened the scoring late in the first half, the 43rd minute, when Sean Crocker (2nd yr, midfielder, Abbotsford, BC) beat the Langara keeper to a loose ball about 30 yards outside the top of the Langara box. Crocker chipped the ball off of the sliding keeper high into the night sky and into the Falcon's net.

"Mark Heinhuis (1st yr, midfielder, Langley, BC) and Sean Crocker did a fantastic job of pressuring upfront and which forced the Langara keeper to turn the ball over to Crocker," said Alderson. "It was a good reward for the tough work from our front runners."

The goal seemed to energize the Spartans in the second half. TWU constantly forced Langara to play the ball at a pace that they were not used too. The constant pressure by the Spartan backs resulted in a number of scoring opportunities for TWU.

"We talked about opening up and providing opportunities to move the ball quickly, and in the second half our backs were always in position to receive the ball, which allowed us to switch the field quickly, and get good service to our front runners," said Alderson. "We also inserted, probably our three fastest players on the team, into the lineup. Anytime you add Brian Scrivens (2nd yr, forward, Langley, BC) Drew Roddy (1st yr, forward, Orono, MN) and Mark Peters (1st yr, forward, Chilliwack, BC) you are going to give most defensive players a lot of headaches. Their speed was very tough for Langara to handle."

The Spartans opened the floodgates in the 62nd minute on a pretty goal by Jeremiah Strickland (4th yr, defender, Buffalo, NY). Mario Caravetta (3rd yr, midfielder, Abbotsford, BC) recovered a loose ball just over the centerline and chipped it to the right outside to team-mate Brian Scrivens. Scrivens used his speed and ran down the ball just outside of the Langara goal. After gaining control of the ball off of a Langara defender, Brian made a complete turn to strike the ball across the crease to Strickland, who had moved up from his midfield position. Strickland took Scrivens' pass and onetime the ball past the helpless Langara keeper.

"We had three good things happen in a row that directly resulted in the goal," said Alderson. "Mario, knowing Brian, instantly got the ball and sent Brian. Brian was able to battle for the ball off of a defender. And Mia moved himself up from the back to get himself in an open position."

The Spartans went up 3-0 in ten minutes later, 72nd minute. The Spartans had a 3 on 2 attack and the Langara defender was forced to make a sliding attempt to tackle Jason Jorgensen (3rd yr, midfield, Bellingham, WA) just inside the box. Jorgensen was able to get the ball out to the left side to Drew Roddy. Roddy had plenty of time as he put the ball off of the Langara keeper and into the corner of the net.

"It's nice for Drew to finally break the goal barrier. Because I think that we are going to find him scoring a lot more goals," said Alderson.

TWU's Dylan Olson (3rd yr, forward, Chilliwack, BC) finished the scoring for the night in the 86th minute. Off of an indirect kick, Mario Caravetta played the ball to the left side to an unmarked Olson. Olson went in alone on the left side and threaded the ball into the lower right hand corner of the Falcon net.

"Dylan's goal was two veterans working together," said Alderson. "Noticing that no defender was on the left side, Mario was able to touch the ball to Dylan, and for the first time in his career. Dylan used placement over power and slotted the ball into the corner... which was very nice to see."

When asked about the implications of tonight's victory, Alderson responded. "It's good for us to get the goals, because we have been defending fantastically but we just haven't been able to convert and put the ball into the back of the net. This [victory] gives us the confidence that if we are in a tight game we can score some goals. Which will help us next week against UBC."

Next home game for the Spartans is their CIS (formerly CIAU) league opener Thursday, September 13 against the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. Game time at Trinity Western University is set for 8:00 PM.





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