TOP TEN REMATCH SET FOR SATURDAY BETWEEN SPARTANS AND THUNDERBIRDS

WOMEN’S SOCCER (CANADA WEST)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2009
WEEKEND PREVIEW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TOP TEN REMATCH SET FOR SATURDAY BETWEEN SPARTANS AND THUNDERBIRDS

LANGLEY, B.C.
  – For four weeks the Trinity Western University women’s soccer team has been ranked No.1 in the CIS. But this week the unbeaten, untied (3-0-0) Spartans are in for their most difficult test of the season so far, as the No. 9 University of British Columbia (1-1-1) travels to Langley, B.C. to take on the Spartans in a rematch of last weekend’s contest at Point Grey.

Last Saturday the Spartans came from behind to defeat the Thunderbirds 3-1 at UBC’s Thunderbird Park. Trinity Western’s play in the final 30 minutes proved to be the difference for the Spartans. TWU rookie forward Alicia Tesan (Vancouver) scored twice (65th, 87th) and Daniela Gerig (Walnut Grove, B.C.) (76th) notched the winner in just under 22 minutes to give the visitors their first ever victory, in ten tries, against the Thunderbirds on the UBC campus (1-7-2).

The Thunderbird’s rookie Rachael Sawer (North Vancouver) opened the scoring in the 53rd minute to give the home team their only lead of the contest.

Sawer is leading the way for UBC. She currently is first in goals at three, and shots with nine. Also contributing for the Thunderbirds are Lisa Furutani (North Vancouver) with two goals on an efficient three shots and Janine Frazao (Port Moody, B.C.) with a goal and an assist.

Backstopping the Thunderbirds is All-Canadian and FISU national team keeper Jaclynn Dunnett (Burnaby, B.C.), who currently has a save percentage of 73.7 (5th CW) and has a goals against average of 1.67 (5th CW).

For the Thunderbirds to be successful they will need to create more scoring opportunities as they are currently ninth in Canada West averaging ten shots per contest and are fifth in goals per game with two. While their defense needs to stay solid as they are currently fourth in CW giving up 1.67 goals per game.

However, it is a young season and the perennial championship contending Thunderbirds are expected to get things sorted out as the season progresses and will more than likely be back near the top when the post season begins.

Last year the Spartans were led by the one-two scoring punch of CW Player of the Year Nikki Wright (Cloverdale, B.C.) with 12 goals, 18 points last season and CIS tournament MVP Daniela Gerig with nine goals last season. This year the Spartans now have a three pronged attack with the addition of rookie Alicia Tesan. The Spartans offence is currently third in Canada West scoring 2.33 goals per game. Tesan has notched three goals, Wright has two and Gerig has one in the three wins.

The Spartans once again have a stingy defense which is led by Canadian FISU keeper Kristen Funk (Calgary). The second year keeper currently has a save percentage of 76.9 (4th CW) and a goals against average of 1.00 (3rd CW). The Spartans are giving up a goal a game on average, which puts them second in Canada West behind Victoria at 0.67.

The balanced attack and solid defensive corp. are two of the reasons why the Spartans are still No. 1 in the Canada West and the CIS. Teams across Canada West will be gunning for the Spartans every week so there will not be an off weekend for TWU any time soon. For TWU to remain on top it will be up to coach Roxburgh and his coaching staff to keep the young squad focused week in and week out through the grind of Canada West Conference play.

The two teams will get thing going on Saturday with a 5 p.m. kick-off on the TWU Langley, B.C. campus.

-TW-

Last Updated: 2009-10-06
Author: Scott Stewart