A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD FOR THE TWU SPARTANS

SPARTANS THIS WEEK
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011

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A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD FOR THE TWU SPARTANS

LANGLEY, British Columbia
– The Spartans have important games this weekend as the soccer post season approaches. The men’s and women’s soccer teams play their last games of the regular season on the road as they compete for position in Canada West.  Meanwhile, the men’s hockey team looks to end their losing skid as they return to home ice for a pair of games. In volleyball action, the Spartans enter the regular season with games on the road in Saskatchewan. Over in Ontario, the women’s basketball team wraps up their preseason play against a few CIS opponents. Finally, the cross country team will compete in the BC championships with the possibility of athletes qualifying for the BC Team.

As they race down to the wire, the Spartan women’s soccer team remains at No. 2 with an 11 game unbeaten streak. The women will take to the turf at Lethbridge and Calgary in order to defend their first place ranking in Canada West with hopes of finishing first and hosting the Canada West Final Four.

Last weekend the Spartans honoured their graduating seniors by winning two in a row at home. The Spartans shutout the Saskatchewan Huskies in a 2-0 game before making a come from behind victory over Alberta with a 3-1 win.

Their first opponents, the Lethbridge Pronghorns, are looking for their first win of the season as they currently sit at 0-9-3, the Pronghorns managed a pair of 1-1 ties last weekend against the University of Regina and University of Manitoba. Despite this, they remain at the bottom of the Canada West rankings.

The Calgary Dinos have fared better in Canada West, accumulating a 6-3-3 record but are battling for a playoff position. The Dinos channeled their determination last weekend and ended up with a perfect weekend, gaining 2-0 shutouts over both the Manitoba Bison and the Regina Cougars.

The Spartans will play at Lethbridge on October 29 at 12 p.m. local time. The following afternoon the Spartans will play another 12 p.m. matinee at Calgary.

In men’s soccer action the unranked Spartans are in a tenuous position as they cling to the fourth and final post season position. Last weekend the Spartans were able to hold on in a high scoring 4-2 game against Saskatchewan and come out with the win. However, their luck did not last as despite having a number of great chances, the Spartans were unable to overcome the Alberta Golden Bears. By the final whistle the Spartans were on the losing end of a 3-2 match.

The Spartan redemption opportunity comes in the form of a weak Lethbridge team. The Pronghorns 1-10-1 record is good for last place in the conference. Last weekend the Pronghorns faced UFV and Victoria on the road. During their road stand the Pronghorns played to 2-2 draw with UFV in their first game, followed by a 0-1 loss to a hot University of Victoria team.

The next Spartan game will be a key competition as the Spartans and Dinos are within one point of one another in Canada West and are competing for the fourth and final playoff position. The Dinos played to a weekend split last week, starting with a 1-3 loss to the University of Victoria Vikes following by a 2-0 win against UFV.

Saturday October 29 will find the Spartans in Lethbridge, AB to play at 2 p.m. The pivotal game against the Dinos will be on Sunday at 2:15 p.m.

On the ice, the Spartan men’s hockey team is caught in a five game losing streak that dates to the opening of the regular season. Last weekend the Spartans played at Eastern Washington University in two games. The Spartans found no success against the EWU team that is currently tied at the top of the BCIHL standings, and ended the weekend with 5-2 and 2-1 losses.

The Spartans now return home to regroup before a pair of games on home ice. Selkirk College and Okanagan College come to Langley, B.C. to continue the BCIHL season.

Last weekend the two teams played each other in a single game at Selkirk. Despite Selkirk getting off to a strong early lead, the Okanagan Coyotes were able to come back and win it all in a 5-4 game with three goals in the third period.

The Spartans will host Selkirk College first, on Friday October 28 at 7 p.m. On Saturday the Coyotes will come to the Langley Events Centre for a matinee at 1 p.m.

Things are gearing up for the men’s and women’s volleyball teams, who open the Canada West season in Saskatchewan this weekend against the Saskatchewan Huskies.

The men’s team enters the season at No. 1 and are the reigning National Champions. The Spartan have an impressive 9-3 preseason record punctuated by a trip to the Club World Championships in Qatar. Their opponent, however, has been no preseason failure.

The Huskies are unranked as they start the regular season, but have a 4-2 preseason record. Last weekend the Huskies fell 2-3 to TRU but bounced back with a 3-2 win over the UBC-O Heat. This will be the season opener for both teams.

Catch the live stats and game stream at canadawest.tv.

The women’s volleyball team is coming into the year ranked No. 10 after a challenging preseason schedule. During the West Coast Classic tournament the women were only able to come up with one win, against the UBC-O team. Overall their preseason record stands at 1-4.

However they will be playing an unranked Saskatchewan team that was unable to win a preseason match. The Huskies last match saw them swept by the University of Manitoba 0-3 in a game on October 22.

The women will play at 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday in order to open the season.

On the basketball court the Spartans will travel to Ontario to wrap up their preseason schedule with a quartet of games against Ontario CIS competitors. Things will kick off at McMaster University on October 27 at 8 p.m. The McMaster Marauders are currently 1-3 in non-conference games.

The tour will continue October 28 against the University of Guelph (4-2), October 29 at Wilfred Laurier University (1-5), and finally October 30 at the University of Western Ontario (3-1).

The cross country team enters the homestretch as a select few athletes will be racing at the BC Championships, with a chance of being names to the BC Provincial team. The race is at Aldergrove Lake Park in Aldergrove, B.C. on October 29.

-TW-

Last Updated: 2011-10-26
Author: Scott Stewart

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