LANGLEY, British Columbia
– This week the Trinity Western University Spartans men’s soccer and  volleyball teams are on the road, while the women’s soccer and men’s hockey teams are in action at home.  The Trinity Western men’s hockey team’s home opener marks a historic occasion, as they take to the ice in Spartan jerseys for the first time in twenty years.  

On September 24 at 7 p.m. the Langley Events Centre plays host to a notable mark in Trinity Western University hockey. Playing in Spartan jerseys for the first time in 20 years, the Spartan men’s hockey team welcomes the University of the Fraser Valley Hockey Club in a BCIHL game.  The following afternoon, the Aldergrove Kodiaks visit the Langley Events Centre for an exhibition game with the puck drop scheduled for 1 p.m.
The No. 1 Trinity Western women’s soccer team (4-0) is coming off another weekend sweep as they look to maintain their perfect record against the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Alberta.  Friday, September 24th the Spartans take on the Huskies at Rogers Park in Langley, B.C. with a 5 p.m. kickoff.  On Saturday, September 25th the Pandas visit Rogers Park, with a start time of 5 p.m.
The Spartans women’s last weekend was marked by two solid performances at Rogers Park, starting with a 2-0 victory over the unranked University of Regina Cougars. The following day, the Spartans extended their winning streak with a 1-0 win over the unranked University of Manitoba Bisons.  
This weekend the unranked University of Saskatchewan (1-2) will be a new challenge as the Huskies are coming off a strong weekend at home and a record-breaking 9-0 Saturday night defeat of the University of Lethbridge, in which the Huskies netted seven goals in the first half.  On Sunday afternoon, the Huskies battled to a 2-2 draw with the University of Calgary Dinos.
On Saturday, September 25th, the No. 7 University of Alberta Pandas and the Spartans will clash in the battle of the undefeated.  The Pandas seek to continue their 4-0 start after a convincing weekend at home in Edmonton.  The Pandas played to a 3-1 win over provincial rivals, University of Calgary on Saturday.  Then on Sunday afternoon the Pandas shut down the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, 3-0.  
Meanwhile, the No. 7 men’s soccer team travels to Alberta for afternoon games against unranked University of Lethbridge Pronghorns and the No. 8 University of Calgary Dinos. The Spartan men proved there is no place like home last weekend as they blanked the University of Victoria Vikes and the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades 2-0 and 3-0, respectively, improving their record to 2-1.

In the University of Lethbridge (1-3) the Spartans will meet a Pronghorns team hoping to regroup at home.  The Lethbridge allowed a total of 12 goals this past weekend, responding with only one during their road trip to Saskatoon and Edmonton.  The University of Saskatchewan burst out of the gates with an 8-0 win over the Pronghorns, before sending them on to the University of Alberta where the Pronghorns suffered a 4-1 loss.  
The Spartans visit Lethbridge, Alta, on Saturday September 25, with kickoff scheduled for 2 p.m.  

The University of Calgary Dinos are coming off a road trip which saw the Dinos compete in two hard-fought matches against the University of Alberta Golden Bears and the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.  Playing provincial rivals, the University of Alberta Golden Bears, the Dinos found themselves in too deep, resulting in a 3-1 loss and ruining the Dinos’ previously perfect start to the season.  However Calgary then earned a tie on the road against a strong University of Saskatchewan team, giving the Dinos a 2-1-1 record on the season.
The Spartans play the Dinos in Calgary at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, September 26.  
Meanwhile, the Spartan men’s volleyball team, who have recently returned from a trip to Russia, are looking to start a successful preseason tour in the Okanagan.

The Spartans travel to the B.C. interior this weekend, playing three games.  Their tour begins in Penticton, B.C., where they play an always formidable University of Alberta Golden Bears team.  Both the Spartans and the Golden Bears then move to UBC Okanagan in Kelowna, B.C., where they once again compete.  The Spartans close out the weekend with a game against the non-conference UBC Okanagan Heat.
Live stats and live video broadcast on SpartanTV for all for matches can be accessed at gospartans.ca.

Check in at gospartans.ca for more in-depth previews later in the week. Of visit the Spartan YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/SpartansSID.  

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 14 schools, from the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, Canada West produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in pro leagues or events such as the Olympics, Paralympics or Universiade Games.


Last Updated: 2010-09-22
Author: Scott Stewart