2009 CIS Champions




LANGLEY, British Columbia –
The reigning national champion Trinity Western Spartans women’s soccer team are on top of the first Canadian Interuniversity Sport soccer rankings of 2010, while the men’s team is ranked third in the pre-season polls.

The Spartans, who will open at No. 1 for the second year in a row, captured their second straight and third overall Gladys Bean memorial trophy last fall thanks to a 1-0 victory (4-2 on penalty kicks) over the Montreal Carabins in the national final, in Toronto.

In seven pre-season games this year, the Spartans posted a 1-4-2 record against competition from Washington, Oregon and California.

The Spartans open the Canada West regular season on the road against Lethbridge on Saturday, Sep. 11 at 12:00 p.m.

Rounding out the first women’s coaches poll of the new campaign are the two-time Quebec champion Carabins in second place, followed by No. 3 UBC, No. 4 Queen’s, No. 5 Toronto, No. 6 York, No. 7 St. Francis Xavier, No. 8 UPEI, No. 9 Victoria and No. 10 Dalhousie.

On the men’s side, TWU will start the 2010 season exactly where they finished last year: third place.

The Spartans 2009-10 campaign finished with a 2-1 (4-2 on penalty kicks) win over Toronto in the CIS bronze medal game.

Through five pre-season games, TWU posted a 2-3 record that included a pair of 1-0 wins over Biola University and Seattle Pacific.

The men’s Spartans will kick off their Canada West season on the road at UBC Friday, Sep. 10 at 7:00 p.m.

The top ranked team on the men’s side is Laval as the Rouge et Or look to defend their first-ever men’s soccer national title, which was won on the pitch at TWU.

Rounding out the inaugural Top 10 are the No. 2 Redmen, No. 3 Trinity Western, No. 4 Toronto, No. 5 Victoria, No. 6 Cape Breton, No. 7 UPEI, No. 8 McMaster, No. 9 UBC and No. 10 York.

The 2010 campaign will culminate November 11-14 with the women’s national championship at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown and the men’s tournament at the University of Toronto.

(regular season record) / (previous rankings)

1. Trinity Western (0-0-0) / (-)
2. Montreal (0-0-0) / (-)
3. UBC (0-0-0) / (-)
4. Queen’s (0-0-0) / (-)
5. Toronto (0-0-0) / (-)
6. York (0-0-0) / (-)
7. StFX (0-0-0) / (-)
8. UPEI (0-0-0) / (-)
9. Victoria (0-0-0) / (-)
10. Dalhousie (0-0-0) / (-)

(regular season record) / (previous rankings)

1. Laval (0-0-0) / (-)
2. McGill (0-0-0) / (-)
3. Trinity Western (0-0-0) / (-)
4. Toronto (0-0-0) / (-)
5. Victoria (0-0-0) / (-)
6. Cape Breton (0-0-0) / (-)
7. UPEI (0-0-0) / (-)
8. McMaster (0-0-0) / (-)
9. UBC (0-0-0) / (-)
10. York (0-0-0) / (-)

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About TWU:

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 4,000 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 41 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 17 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership. For more information, visit TWU's Official Athletics site at gospartans.ca.

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport:

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-two universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. The CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, and 32 World University Championships. For further information, visit www.universitysport.ca.

About CWUAA:

"Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the four conferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), winning at least 10 CIS national titles every year since 1997-98. Comprised of 13 schools, from Manitoba to B.C., the CWUAA produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in events such as the Olympics or Universiade Games."

Last Updated: 2010-08-31
Author: Mark Janzen