A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD FOR THE TWU SPARTANS

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2011

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A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD FOR THE TWU SPARTANS

LANGLEY, British Columbia
– This week in the Trinity Western Spartans will take on a variety of opponents on the field, court, and ice. The Spartans men’s and women’s soccer teams both return to familiar turf for seniors weekend to take on a pair of prairie teams. On ice, the Spartan men’s hockey team will cross the border for two games against a tough opponent. The men’s basketball team returns home to play a couple of scrimmages. Similarly, the women’s basketball team welcomes their alumni players back for a friendly. The women’s volleyball team faces a familiar foe at home for their final preseason match. Finally, the cross country team takes to the trails in Vancouver.

The women’s soccer team enters this week with a sparkling 8-1-1 record, good for No. 2 in the nation. As they look to improve their record they will have to face daunting pair of Canada West opponents in the Alberta Pandas and the Saskatchewan Huskies. For these games the Spartans return to their home at Rogers Field.

Last weekend the Spartans played a single game against a rival No. 4 UBC team. As the two highest Canada West teams, this game was an important one for the CIS rankings. In a hard fought game, the Thunderbirds managed to unleash one past Kristen Funk in the stoppage time of the first half, for a 1-0 lead going into the second half. The Spartans were unable to get one past a stellar UBC keeper until the 79th minute, when Sarah-Kim Bergeron broke the Thunderbirds impressive shutout streak by finding the back of the UBC net.

Coming to Langley, B.C. first to challenge the Spartans is the unranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies. The Huskies come to B.C. with a 5-3-2 record after last weekend’s trip to Alberta. While in province, the Huskies first challenged the struggling Lethbridge Pronghorns, coming away with a definitive 3-0 victory. On the following day the Huskies played to a 1-1 draw against the Calgary Dinos. The Huskies have been led by impressive play by Elizabeth Hudon, who currently has 9 points on the season – good for the most points in the conference.

The Spartans next opponent will be a team only one point behind them in the conference, the No. 6 University of Alberta Pandas. In the Pandas, the Spartans face a team that boasts an 8-2 record including a sweep of last weekend’s matches. Alberta took on provincial rivals last weekend in Lethbridge and Calgary. The first game of the weekend was against Calgary, and Alberta dispatched their familiar foe in convincing fashion with a 3-0 shutout. The following day the Pandas faced the Lethbridge Pronghorns, resulting in 2-0 win for the Pandas.

This weekend the Spartans will welcome the Huskies to the field at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 21 in Langley, B.C. The following night Alberta and Trinity Western will battle for the top of the standings in a 5 p.m. game. Both of the games will be live streaming and will have live stats available online at canadawest.tv.

In men’s soccer action the Spartans men’s soccer team will play in their last two home games of the regular season. In this, the home stretch to the Canada West Final Four, the race is extremely tight as five points separate the top five teams in Canada West. Currently the Spartans sit just within the threshold in fourth place, with a 5-3-2 conference record.

For their first match, the Spartans will take on the unranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies (4-4-2) in an evening game. The Huskies have had most of their success at the beginning of the season, and recently have struggled against their opponents, their last of which was the Calgary Dinos. In the match against the Dinos, the Huskies were unable to get the ball into the net, resulting in a 0-1 loss for the Huskies. In their next game against Lethbridge, the Huskies were able to prevail over the weak Lethbridge team, with a 3-0 win going to Saskatchewan.

On the next evening, the Spartans will play the unranked Alberta Golden Bears (5-2-3), who hold a scant 1 point lead over the Spartans in Canada West. The Golden Bears are on a five game unbeaten streak, following games last weekend against Calgary and Lethbridge. Over the weekend the Golden Bears went a perfect two-for-two, allowing no goals against for 2-0 and 3-0 wins against the Dinos and Pronghorns, respectively.

The Spartans will play 7 p.m. games on Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22. Friday’s game will be against the Huskies while Saturday will see the Spartans and Golden Bears battle it out. Games will take place in Langley, B.C. at the Spartans home turf of Rogers Park. Canadawest.tv will host live stats and live streaming video for both matches.

In between the men’s and women’s soccer matches on Saturday evening the Spartans will be honouring their graduating senior athletes as they play their final Canada West Conference match at TWU’s Rogers Park.

In the hockey arena the Spartan men’s hockey team travels across the border to compete against Eastern Washington, a team that has had some great early success on the season.

The Spartans have gotten off to a slow start three games into the season, without a win so far. Last weekend the Spartans were swept by the Thompson Rivers WolfPack in a home-and-home series. In the first game, the Spartans had a late comeback attempt but were unable to overcome the WolfPack and finished with a 3-5 loss. The WolfPack used this momentum to beat the Spartans in Trinity Western’s home opener, as the WolfPack ended up with a 5-1 win over the Spartans.

On the opposing bench this weekend will sit the Eastern Washington Eagles, who are unbeaten thus far in the young season. The Eagles have played two games, both against the WolfPack. In their opener the Eagles came out with great energy and easily managed a 6-2 win over the WolfPack. On the next day the WolfPack fought back, but their effort was underwhelming as the Eagles skated away with a 4-3 win.

The Spartans and Eagles will play at the EWU Recreation Complex at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

On the hardwood the men’s basketball team returns to home court after a week of preseason action in China. The Spartans will first play the Seattle Mountaineers, a professional Christian basketball team, and will later stage their yearly alumni game.

During their trip to China, the Spartans managed a 3-0-1 record, including an unprecedented tie game. The draw came against Renmin University, who battled the Spartans to a 78-78 score. The Spartans following game was not so dramatic, as the Spartans played to a solid 86-70 win over Beijing Sports University.

The Seattle Mountaineers have played a number of games in Canada for their winter season, and thus far hold a 7-0 record, including a pair of wins over CIS team the UBC-O Heat. The last games that the Mountaineers played were against Camosun University and Vancouver Island University. The Mountaineers achieved dominate wins over both teams, with scores of 106-66 against Camosun and 78-54 against VIU.

This last preseason game will tip off at 6:45 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre, in Langley, B.C. on Wednesday October 19. The Spartans will also play their yearly alumni scrimmage at the David Enarson Gymnasium on Friday night at 7 p.m.

The women’s basketball team will also welcome former players back for an alumni game on Friday at 5 p.m. The Spartans were impressive in their last weekend of preseason play, as they were unbeaten during the three games that they played at the Manitoba Invitational. The Spartans managed a 66-58 win over host Manitoba, followed by a 72-57 win over Lakehead University. The weekend was topped off with a 74-61 upset over a strong Winnipeg team.

On Saturday, October 22 the No. 10 Spartans women’s volleyball team will engage in their final preseason game of the year, in a home game against the UBC Thunderbirds. The Spartans have found it hard to get the best of their opponents so far, and stand with a 1-4 exhibition record. During the West Coast Classic last weekend the Spartans managed a 3-1 win over UBC-O before being bested three times in a row. The Spartans fell 1-3 to Alberta, were swept 0-3 by Thompson Rivers, and finally were unable to overcome in a 3-2 heartbreaker against UBC.

UBC finished with a 3-1 record in the West Coast Classic, with wins over TWU, UBC-O, and Alberta. The Thunderbirds were upset by TRU in their second game of the tournament, as the WolfPack won a 3-1 match over the UBC team.

On the cross country course the Spartans have seen good results from a number of their athletes, notably Blair Johnston for the men and the duo of Alison Jackson and Fiona Benson on the women’s side. This weekend the Spartans will participate in the UBC Invitational in Vancouver as they prepare for the B.C. Championships next weekend.

-TW-

Last Updated: 2011-10-18
Author: Scott Stewart

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