A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD FOR THE TWU SPARTANS

SPARTANS THIS WEEK
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010

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A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD FOR THE TWU SPARTANS

LANGLEY, British Columbia
– This week in Spartan action, the soccer regular season draws to a close with both Spartan teams on the road. At home, the basketball teams have their home opener against cross-town rival UBC. To open the volleyball regular season, both men’s and women’s teams travel to Vancouver to battle the Thunderbirds. On the ice, men’s hockey faces off against Simon Fraser for the second time in as many weeks.  Finally, the Trinity Western cross country team participates in a meet on Saturday.

The final weekend of regular season play for the No. 9 Spartan women’s soccer team (7-3-2) starts with a trip to the unbeaten No. 1 University of Alberta Pandas (10-0-2) in Edmonton on October 30. The following day the Spartans travel to the unranked University of Saskatchewan (6-5-1) for their last game of the regular season.

The Spartans last weekend saw them battle for a close 1-0 victory over the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver. The win was crucial in keeping the Spartans quest for a play-off spot alive.

In Edmonton, the Pandas most recently went on a road trip within Alberta which led them to the University of Lethbridge and the University of Calgary. The dominating University of Alberta started the weekend with a 4-1 marker over the University of Lethbridge in Lethbridge, Alta., followed by a 1-1 tie with the University of Calgary Dinos. The Pandas stand at the top of the rankings in both CIS and Canada West.

The Pandas welcome Trinity Western to the field in Edmonton at 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 30.

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies welcome Trinity Western to their home pitch in Saskatoon following a weekend split during their Alberta road trip. The Huskies were shut out by the University of Calgary in a 3-0 game, before moving on to a 2-1 win over the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.  
The game between the Huskies and the Spartans takes place at 12 p.m. on Sunday, October 31.

In men’s soccer, the unranked Spartan men (5-4-3) similarly visit the No. 4 University of Alberta Golden Bears (10-2) in Edmonton and the unranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies (6-4-2) for their final regular season games of the season.  

In the Spartan’s last weekend, the men travelled to the University of the Fraser Valley and the University of Victoria. Starting with a game in Abbotsford, B.C. the men fell 2-1 to the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades, before moving on the next for an afternoon tilt in Victoria. The match against the Vikes was a high scoring affair in which the Spartans fell 5-4.
 
The Golden Bears played on the road last weekend in Alberta, starting with a winning 3-0 shutout over the University of Lethbridge before moving to the University of Calgary, where the Golden Bears fell in a 3-1 match.  

The Spartans and Golden Bears take to the field at 2 p.m. in Edmonton.

In an Alberta road trip last weekend, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies first played to a 3-1 loss against the University of Calgary. The Huskies then moved on to the University of Lethbridge where they bounced back with a 2-1 victory.

The Spartan’s match in Saskatoon, and final game of the regular season, begins at 2:15 p.m. The Spartans are in a must win situation to make it back to the postseason.

In Basketball action, the Spartan teams host rival University of British Columbia for Trinity Western’s home opener this weekend.  

In Lethbridge, Alta., last weekend the Spartan women’s basketball team played their first regular season games with new coach Cheryl Jean-Paul behind the bench. The Spartans opened their season against the Pronghorns with a 65-44 loss, but bounced back the following night with a 73-62 win to give Jean-Paul her first win as a Spartan.

UBC comes to the court at the Langley Events Centre in Langley, B.C. without a regular season win, after a weekend of two losses to the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in Vancouver. In these games, the Thunderbirds fell 73-65 and 66-40.

Trinity Western’s matches against UBC start at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 29 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 30. Live streaming TV and live stats are available on Trinity Western’s website, gospartans.ca.

The Spartan men’s basketball team started their season this past weekend with two strong wins over the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns in Lethbridge, Alta. with scores of 116-79 and 98-82.  

Their opponent this weekend, the UBC Thunderbirds, last weekend played to a weekend split versus the defending CIS champion the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in a rematch of last year’s CIS championship game. The Thunderbirds home opener saw the Thunderbirds get the upper hand in a 91-60 game, before return to the court the next day for a close 97-96 loss to the Huskies.

The Langley Events Centre hosts the home opener, with games starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 29 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 30. Games can be viewed online and live stats are at gospartans.ca.

This weekend marks the beginning of Canada West volleyball play, and Trinity Western looks to start the season against the rival UBC Thunderbirds.

The No. 8 Spartan women’s volleyball team completed their preseason play with a win in the West Coast Classic Tournament at No. 7 UBC’s campus in Vancouver. This gave them a 3-4 preseason record. The Spartans return to UBC for their season opener on Friday, October 29.  

The Thunderbirds start their season with a 4-4 record in preseason play.

Trinity Western’s men also visit the Thunderbirds October 29 and 30.  The Spartan men come into the season with a 10-4 preseason record, including two wins and a loss they garnered last weekend against Dalhousie University in Halifax.

The unranked UBC Thunderbirds have a 3-1 preseason record, and host the No. 3 Spartans for their season and home opener.  

The Spartans and Thunderbirds meet both October 29 and October 30 at 6 p.m. for women and 8 p.m. for men at the War Memorial Gym in Vancouver. Live stats and video are available online through the Thunderbirds website, www.gothunderbirds.ca.

In hockey action, the men’s Spartan hockey team plays at Simon Fraser University and University of the Fraser Valley this weekend. The Spartans sit at fifth in BCIHL standings after 5-1 loss at home to the Simon Fraser University Clan last weekend.  

The Clan’s last weekend was an offensive explosion as Simon Fraser’s 5-1 win over the Spartans preceded a 7-1 game over Selkirk College.

The University of the Fraser Valley comes into the game against the Spartans after a 6-3 loss to Selkirk College last weekend.

Trinity Western plays Simon Fraser Saturday, October 30 at 8 p.m. at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre in Burnaby, B.C. On Sunday, October 31 the Spartans take on the University of the Fraser Valley at the Abbotsford Events and Sports Centre in Abbotsford, B.C. at 5 p.m.

Finally, the Trinity Western University cross country team will compete at the B.C. Athletics Club Championships in Aldergrove, B.C. on Saturday, October 30.

-TW-

Last Updated: 2010-10-26
Author: Scott Stewart