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Scheduled Game: SASKATCHEWAN*

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Game Recap

Men's Soccer (Conference game)
Saturday, October 30, 2004
TWU Spartans (3) vs. the University of Saskatchewan Huskies (0)

Spartans Take Canada West

Langley, British Columbia - Trinity Western University men's soccer tied their total wins record today, finishing the regular season with a 9-1-2 record after Saturday's 3-0 victory over the visiting University of Saskatchewan Huskies. The win also guarantees the Spartans sole possession of first place in Canada West, since TWU holds the tiebreaker over Victoria if they should both finish atop the standings.

Despite sitting three starters, the Spartans played their usual fast-paced soccer and struck early in the first half. Nathan Square-Briggs (1st yr, midfield, Richmond, BC) almost scored barely five minutes into the match, ringing a hard shot off the post, but a little over ten minutes later Mark Peters (4th yr, forward, Chilliwack, BC) made no mistake on a penalty kick, driving a low shot underneath diving Saskatchewan keeper Jonathan Neufeld.

The Spartans went into the half with the 1-0 lead, but cemented the win with two more goals in the second half.

Jason Flint (2nd yr, forward, Abbotsford, BC) notched the second goal in the 63rd minute with a heads up play in the Saskatchewan box. Neufeld waited a little too long to clear a back pass, and his attempt ricocheted off the sprinting Flint and into the back of the Husky net.

Ten minutes later Drew Roddy (4th yr, forward, Minneapolis, MN) pounded a bullet of a shot home from the top left corner of the box, with the assist on the pass going to Lee Sullivan (1st yr, forward, Juneau, AK).

With their second regular season Canada West title firmly in hand, the Spartans will travel to Calgary next week to take on the host school in the conference playoffs. The four playoff teams are pretty much firmed up, with Victoria, UBC and Calgary rounding out the four. Despite finishing in fourth place, Alberta is bumped from the postseason due to the automatic berth for the host school, Calgary.

Match Notes: the game was statistically lopsided with the Spartans dominating every category...shots: 23-3 (16-1 on goal)...corners: 11-0...forcing Saskatchewan's Neufeld to make 13 saves, to Chris Cecil's 1 (4th yr, Abbotsford, BC)...Cecil recorded his sixth shutout...TWU improves to 19-1-3 overall and is unbeaten in their last 12 games...

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