A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD FOR THE TWU SPARTANS

SPARTANS THIS WEEK
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2011

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A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD FOR THE TWU SPARTANS

LANGLEY, British Columbia
– This weekend Trinity Western’s indoor and outdoor teams are in play. On the ice the Spartans men’s hockey team plays away before returning to familiar ice for the Spartans home opener. In soccer action the men will play two provincial rivals while the women will play for top spot against UBC. The women’s volleyball team will be participating in the West Coast Classic, where they will compete against a number of Canada West teams. Finally the Spartans women’s basketball team will play at the University of Manitoba Tournament in Winnipeg.

The hockey season heats up with the Spartans home-and-home series against the Thompson Rivers WolfPack. Last year’s rivalry will renew starting Friday, October 14 in Kamloops, B.C as the two teams will meet for the first time this year.

TRU (0-2) was unable to overcome Eastern Washington University in the WolfPack’s first two games of the season.  In their season opener TRU dropped a 6-2 decision to EWU, when the WolfPack’s strong opening period was followed by two periods of being outscored 5-0. On the following night TRU was edged out by an Eastern Washington goal in the dying few minutes of the third period in for a 4-3 Eastern Washington win.

The Spartans opened their season by facing off against the BCIHL champion SFU. Simon Fraser made short work of the Spartans, as SFU wound up with a 10-2 victory. This leaves the Spartans with an 0-1 season record going into this series against the WolfPack.

The Spartans will play October 14 at the Kamloops Memorial Arena in Kamloops, B.C. with an 8:30 p.m. puck drop. On Saturday the Spartans will return to home ice for the second matchup, a 1 p.m. matinee game at the Langley Events Centre in Langley, B.C.

Meanwhile, the No. 3 Spartan women’s soccer team will take to the pitch on an eight game winning streak. The Spartans will travel to Vancouver to UBC to play the No. 5 Thunderbirds, who are in the middle of a winning streak themselves.

Last weekend the Spartans (8-1) defeated the University of Victoria Vikes and the UFV Cascades in a pair of games at the Spartan home field. In the first game the Spartans edged out the Vikes with a 2-1 win which saw Nikki Wright score the go ahead goal in the 88th minute for TWU. On the following evening the Spartans managed to shut out last year’s CIS Bronze medalist, the UFV Cascades, in a 1-0 game.

UBC sits only two points behind the Canada West leading Spartans, and the Thunderbirds are on a winning streak of their own. The Thunderbirds (7-1-1) similarly played the Vikes and the Cascades, beating them 1-0 and 3-0 respectively. This brings the winning streak to four, and makes four games since the Thunderbirds allowed a goal. In fact UBC has allowed only two goals in their nine games of the regular season.

The Spartans and Thunderbirds will take to the pitch at UBC for a 5 p.m. kick off on Saturday, October 15.

In men’s soccer action, the Spartans will play provincial foes, the University of Victoria and the University of the Fraser Valley. The No. 8 Spartans are currently tied for second in the conference at 4-2-2.

Last weekend the Spartans played at UBC in a battle for the top spot in Canada West. The No. 1 UBC Thunderbirds bested the Spartans in a close 1-0 game, leaving UBC alone atop the Canada West standings, while handing the Spartans their first loss since the CW season opener.

The Vikes also sit with a 4-2-2 record, in a deadlock with the Spartans for the Canada West second position after a home and home series against the UFV Cascades. For their part, the Cascades hold a 1-6-1 record following last weekend and the pair of games against the Vikes.

Last weekend the Vikes and Cascades first played a matinee game in Abbotsford, B.C. on the Cascades home turf. Neither team managed to find the back of the net, resulting in a scoreless draw 0-0. On the following afternoon the rematch was dominated by the Victoria team, as the Vikes shut out the Cascades 4-0.

On Saturday, October 15 at 2:15 p.m. the Spartans will face off against the Vikes in Victoria. Then on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. Trinity Western will move on to the Cascades for a match at Bateman Park in Abbotsford, B.C.

The CIS bronze medalist Spartans women’s volleyball team will again play in the annual West Coast Classic. This year the Spartans will start their tournament on their home court at the Langley Events Centre against the UBC-Okanagan Heat. The following three games will be at the UBC gym as the Spartans take on the University of Alberta, Thompson Rivers University, and the University of British Columbia.

The Spartans have a 0-1 exhibition record on the season after a 0-3 loss at Seattle University. Trinity Western’s first opponent at the West Coast Classic will be the UBC-Okanagan Heat, a team in its first year competing in the CIS. The Heat have been impressive in league preseason play, as they boast a 4-2 record and a 3rd place finish in the Lea Marc Volleyball Challenge in Winnipeg. The Spartans and Heat will take to the court at the LEC at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 14.

On the next morning the Spartans will take on the University of Alberta Pandas at 11:30 a.m. at UBC. The Pandas have a 5-0 preseason record including their most recent wins, markers over the Regina Cougars and the Manitoba Bisons, 3-0 and 3-1 respectively. These wins helped the Pandas to the top spot in the U of R Invitational Tournament.

The Spartans next opponent will be the TRU WolfPack, who with a 1-4 record finished seventh at the U of R Invitational. The WolfPack defeated the University of Saskatchewan 3-0 to stay out of the bottom spot at the tournament. The game between the WolfPack and the Spartans will be at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 16 at UBC.

The final Spartans opponent will be a familiar one, as Trinity Western will meet CIS defending champion UBC Thunderbirds. UBC has yet to play a preseason game but finished last year at the top of the CIS and with a 15-3 regular season record. The Spartans and Thunderbirds will meet again at 1 p.m. on Sunday at UBC.

On the basketball court the Spartans women’s team will compete at the Manitoba Tournament in Winnipeg. Trinity Western will play Lakehead University and McMaster University during the tournament. The Spartans have a 1-0 exhibition record following a 62-56 game against the UBC-Okanagan Heat. Games for the Spartans will occur at 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 15 against Lakehead University and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 16 against McMaster.

 -TW- 

Last Updated: 2011-10-11
Author: Scott Stewart

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