Box Score

Scheduled Game: SASKATCHEWAN*


Sask Huskies101
TWU Spartans022« FINAL


Game Date: 9/27/2001Location: Langley, BC
Game Time: 8:00Attendance: 0
Referee: Mark Budda, Asst. Referee: Martin Reid, Torb Lindhede
Sask HuskiesTWU Spartans
Goal Scorer(s)Matt Lambe (10) - 29:00
Jason Jorgensen (15) - 48:00
Paul Ballard (12) - 55:00
Total Goals Scored12
Penalty Goals00
Shots On Target00
Total Shots00
Corner Kicks00
Penalties Conceded00
Red Cards00
Yellow Cards22
Other Fouls00
Sask Huskies
TWU Spartans

Game Recap

Game Recap

Men's Soccer (League)
Thursday, September 27, 2001
TWU Spartans (2) vs. the University of Saskatchewan Huskies (1)

Spartan Men Notch 1st Win in Canada West

Langley, British Columbia - Let the history books show that Thursday, September 27, 2001 was the day that the Trinity Western University men's soccer team recorded their first ever victory in the Canada West league play. The Spartans recorded the historical moment with a thrilling come from behind 2-1 victory over the visiting University of Saskatchewan Huskies.

"It's nice to finally get the win under our belts. It feels awesome," said TWU head coach Al Alderson. "We have had a bit of a tough time believing in ourselves. We've been in every game but we needed an opportunity to prove to ourselves that we were capable of winning."

The game did not start the way the Spartans would have liked. The Huskies controlled the play early and were in the TWU end of the field for the majority of the first 20minutes of the match. In the 29th minute Saskatchewan's efforts were finally rewarded when Huskie forward Matt Lambe (4th yr, midfielder, Saskatoon, SK) managed to get a ball overtop of TWU keeper Rusty Rosen (3rd yr, Satellite Beach, FL). It was the only mistake that Rosen would make tonight.

The Spartans finally started to get their game together late in the first half. And despite being down 1-0 after 45 minutes they were able to carry momentum into the second half.

"At half time we made a couple of significant tactical changes that enabled us to be able to play very well for the first 30 minutes of the second half," said Alderson.

Three minutes into the second, TWU forward Mike Barney (1st yr, defender, Maple Ridge, BC) was knocked down inside the box giving the Spartans a penalty kick. Jason Jorgensen (3rd yr, midfielder, Bellingham, WA) took the kick for the Spartans and quickly tied the match at 1-1.

Trinity Western continued to take the play to the Huskies and in the 55th minute the Spartans were able to take their first lead of the season (league play). The Spartans 2nd goal of the match was a brilliant run by TWU midfielder Paul Ballard (1st yr, Port Coquitlam, BC). Ballard came up the middle took a feed from Drew Roddy (1st yr, forward, Orono, MN), beat a defender, gave it back to Roddy who one-touched the ball back to Ballard. Ballard then went low and beat a sliding Daniel Schick (3rd yr, keeper, Saskatoon, SK) to give the Spartans their 1 goal lead.

The Huskies responded and raised their level of play for the remaining 35 minutes. Spartan keeper Rusty Rosen came up big late in the match. First on a breakaway and then on direct kick from just outside the box.

In the end it was timely goal scoring and stellar keeping that propelled the Spartans to their first win in Canada West. The win moves the Spartans to 1-3-1, while the loss drops the Huskies to 2-2-0.

"Tonight's win is a load off of our mind," said Alderson. "We came from behind, we scored two goals and we won our first Canada West game. We accomplished some very good things tonight."

Next up for the Spartans is the University of Alberta. Game time at TWU is set for 2 PM on Saturday, September 29.





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