LANGLEY, British Columbia
– This week brings an abundance of Spartan games, the majority of which will be played on the road. Both men’s and women’s basketball teams open their CIS seasons in southern Alberta, as the soccer teams begin to round out their schedule in one of two final road trips in British Columbia. Meanwhile, the volleyball teams both compete in non-conference action with the women playing in the lower mainland, while the men are in the Maritimes.  Finally, men’s hockey rounds out Spartan action as they play at home.

To start out the season on October 22, both the Spartan men’s and women’s basketball teams travel to Lethbridge, Alta., to take on the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.
The Spartan men’s basketball team enters the season with a 1-1 preseason record, including a recent 90-76 victory on October 14 against Laurentian College. In their weekend games, the Spartans battle the Pronghorns at 8 p.m. on Friday October 22, then again on October 23 with a game time of 7 p.m.

The Spartan women step onto the court for the first time after an off-season coaching change.  They look to take on the Pronghorns with games at 6 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday.

As the regular season begins to wrap up for the Spartan soccer teams, the unranked  women’s soccer team (6-3-2) travels to Vancouver to play the No. 8 University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, who currently possess a 7-3-1 record.

Last weekend the Spartans and Thunderbirds played at Rogers Park, in Langley, B.C. where the Thunderbirds edged the Spartans in a one goal game. The game hits the turf at 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 23.  Live stats for the game can be found through the Thunderbirds home page, www.gothunderbirds.ca.

In men’s soccer action the unranked Spartan men (5-2-3) are on a mini B.C. road trip as they take on the unranked University of the Fraser Valley Cascades (2-8), before heading to the pitch in Victoria to play the unranked University of Victoria Vikes (1-8-1).

The Spartans are coming off a perfect weekend at home, with a 2-0 win over the Calgary Dinos acting as a prelude to the 4-0 shutout over the University of Lethbridge.

The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades return to the home turf in Abbotsford, B.C. after being defeated by the University of Alberta and the University of Saskatchewan, 5-1 and 2-1 respectively.
In Victoria, the Vikes were similarly defeated over the weekend, shutout 2-0 by the University of Saskatchewan and 3-0 by the University of Alberta. The Vikes are currently on a three game losing skid.
The Spartans first visit Abbotsford, B.C. to battle the Cascades for an afternoon game at 2:15 p.m., and then move on to Victoria for another 2:15 p.m. start.

In their last preseason trip, the No. 3 Spartan men’s volleyball team travels out East to play in the New Brunswick Tournament and No. 8 Dalhousie University in Halifax. The Spartans sparkling preseason record stands at 7-2.

The Spartan women’s volleyball team competes this weekend at the non-conference West Coast Classic, which will have matches at TWU, the LEC and UBC.  The Trinity Western Spartans currently have a 1-4 preseason record. The Classic has a number of scrimmages with UBC, Saskatchewan, Thompson Rivers, Regina and UBC-Okanagan. The feature match for the Spartans, prior to the play-offs at UBC on Sunday, is Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. against the University of Regina at the LEC.

On home ice, the Spartan men’s hockey team (1-2) plays on Friday, October 22 against the Simon Fraser University Clan.  Puck drops at 7 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre in Langley, B.C.

The Spartans most recent league play was against the Okanagan College Coyotes, when the Spartans faced the losing end of a 4-1 score.

Simon Fraser holds a similar 1-2 record as the Spartans, having been edged out last weekend by the University of Victoria in a 3-2 game.

More detailed previews to follow at gospartans.ca


Last Updated: 2010-10-19
Author: Scott Stewart