WEEKEND PREVIEW: SPARTANS WOMEN’S SOCCER HOST DINOS AND PRONGHORNS

WOMEN’S SOCCER (CANADA WEST)
WEEKEND OF FRI., OCT. 16 – SAT. OCT. 17, 2009
TWU SPARTANS VS. CALGARY DINOS AND LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS
Broadcast: Spartan TV
Stats: Live Stats

WEEKEND PREVIEW: SPARTANS WOMEN’S SOCCER HOST DINOS AND PRONGHORNS

LANGLEY, British Columbia
— For seven weeks the Trinity Western University women’s soccer team has been ranked No. 1 in the CIS.  This week the No. 1 ranked Trinity Western Spartans will put that top ranking to the test and remain in the top spot in Canada West as they host the 6th place University of Calgary Dinos and the last place University of Lethbridge Pronghorns in a weekend series. The Spartans enter Friday’s matchup 7-1-0 while the Dinos enter 4-4-0 and the Pronghorns enter 0-8-0.

SPARTANS

The Spartans are coming off a tough weekend in which they suffered their first loss of the season to the No. 4 University of Victoria Vikes 2-1.  The Spartans defense was not able to contain Vikes forward Kendra Flock (Calgary) who scored a pair of goals leading the Vikes to victory. TWU managed to bounce back from the loss and defeat the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades 2-0 in the second leg of their weekend home stand.  Nikki Wright (Cloverdale, B.C.) ended her five game goalless drought by scoring twice in the contest recording her third and fourth goal of the season.

This marks the first and only meeting between these two teams this season.  Last year the Spartans visited the Dinos in Calgary and came away with a 4-2 victory.  Nikki Wright found the back of the net twice in that game.  Melissa Mobilio (Coquitlam, B.C.) and Alexi Foster (Fort Langley, B.C.) got the other tallies.  The match was a lot closer than the score indicated.  Calgary outshot the Spartans 14-9 while the Spartans had a slight advantage in corner kicks 6-5.

Leading the way for the Spartans are first year forward Alicia Tesan (Vancouver) and third year midfielder Melissa Mobilio (Coquitlam, B.C.) both with six points apiece.  Second year forward Nikki Wright (Cloverdale, B.C.) and Alicia Tesan both have four goals on the year leading the Spartans, Melissa Mobilio  (Coquitlam, B.C.) and Daniela Gerig (Fort Langley, B.C.) are second on the team with three goals apiece.

The Spartans have been able to remain successful due to a solid defensive core.  One of the players contributing the great defense for the Spartans is second year goalkeeper Kristen Funk (Calgary).  Funk is undefeated on the year and recorded her third shutout of the year last Saturday against the Cascades.  She has 22 saves and a .846 save percentage through six starts.  

The Spartans will be looking to build a new unbeaten streak after suffering their first loss in Canada West play last weekend.  With to wins over the weekend the Spartans can maintain their first place standing in Canada West.  Currently the Spartans have a one point lead over the University of Victoria Vikes 21-20.

DINOS

The Dinos come into this match on a two game winning streak.  Two weekends ago they swept the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns in a home and home series by scores of 4-2 and 3-0.  Fourth year forward Katie Blundell (Calgary) led the Dinos in scoring over the weekend with four points, three goals and one assist.  Dinos second year goalkeeper Kristen Barton (Calgary) recorded her first shutout of the 2009-2010 season.

The Dinos feature a steady offence.  Calgary has five players who have recorded multiple goals this season.   Leading the way for the Dinos is fourth year forward Morena Ianniello (Calgary) with eight points on three goals and five assists.  Leading the way in goal scoring for the Dinos are second year forward Tessa Miller (Calgary) and fourth year forward Katie Blundell (Calgary) with five and four goals respectively.

Second year Dinos goalkeeper Kristen Barton (Calgary) will have her hands full on Friday as the Dinos are 7th in Canada West allowing 7.62 shots on goal per game.  The Dinos goalkeeper has done well on the season.  She has made 42 saves on the season and also recorded a shutout.

The Dinos also feature a young team with seven players seeing action in only their first year of play and eight players only in their second year.  Playoff hopes are not out of the picture for the young Dinos team.  With a win the Dinos can jump into fourth place in Canada West if both Alberta and UFV fail to earn a victory.

LETHBRIDGE

The Pronghorns have not seen action for two weeks when they played a home and home series with the University of Calgary Dinos.  The series did not go the way of the Pronghorns as they fell in both contests by scores of 4-2 and 3-0.  The Pronghorns received scoring from Jaclyn Groten and Sherry Latrace each netting one goal apiece in a 4-2 losing effort.

Offence has been a struggle for the Pronhorns this season as they rank ninth in Canada West in goals recording only nine on the season so far.  They are lead by Andrea Nippard who has four points on the year with two goals and two assists.  Nippard is closely followed by Sherry Latrace and Lilli young with three points and Jaclyn Groten with two points.  Nippard is not afraid to take chances at goal as she is averaging 3.38 shots per game good for fourth in Canada West.

The Pronghorns are led in the backfield by goalkeeper Ashlety Cowen who is averaging 7.40 saves per game good for fifth in Canada West.  This is a respectable number as the Pronghorn defense is allowing 11.00 shots on goal per game ranking them ninth in Canada West.  The Pronghorns are also allowing a Canada West worst 4.12 goals against per game.

If the Pronghorns want to be successful in the match they will need to find a way to limit the Spartans scoring opportunities.  The last time these two teams met they drew a 1-1 tie.  Although the Pronghorns cannot reach the Canada West playoffs this year they can still play the roll of the spoiler and should not be taken lightly by any team.  

AT A GLANCE

Spartans (7-1-0)                    
CIS Ranking: No.1
CW Placing: 1st                     
Last Week: UVIC 2-1 L, UFV 2-0 W
2008 Conference: 9-2-3 (2nd)            
2008 CW Championship: 1-1 (2nd)            
2008 CIS Championship: 3-0 (1st)            
Last CW Title: 2006                    
Last CIS Title: 2008                    

Dinos (4-4-0)
CIS Ranking: Not Ranked
CW Placing: 6th
Last two games: Leth 4-2 W, Leth 3-0 W
2008 Conference: (5-6-3) (6th)
2008 CW Championship: 0-1
2008 CIS Championship:  NA
Last CW Title: 2005
Last CIS Title: 1999

Pronghorns (0-8-0)
CIS Ranking: Not Ranked
CW Placing: 10th
Last two games: Cal 4-2 L, Cal 3-0 L
2008 Conference: 4-7-3 (8th)
2008 CW Championship: NA
2008 CIS Championship: NA
Last CW Title: NA
Last CIS Title: NA

Last Updated: 2009-10-17
Author: Scott Stewart